Recycle at Home

Garbage & Recycling Collection Service

Residents in Washington County can access garbage and recycling collection services from home. Whether you reside in a single-family household or occupy a townhome, apartment, or condominium unit, it is your right to have access to recycling. (ORS 90.318)

Where you live makes a difference when and how your garbage and recycling is collected;  at the curb or in an enclosure.

 

What can I recycle from home? 

Learn which materials are accepted from home and how to prepare them properly.

Learn about our garbage and recycling system in Washington County and which materials are collected in the at-home program (video)

View Saving Little Pieces of the Earth video to understand why it's important to recover these materials.

 

Why Recycle?

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Garbage collection bills are generally determined by the size of the collection container. By separating reusable and recyclable materials from the garbage stream, you may be able to reduce the size of your can or the frequency of its collection. Check with your local jurisdiction for options.

Protects our environment and those living in it

By recycling, we are re-circulating resources through the economy, which reduces the need to extract raw materials to make new 'stuff.' Learn more about how materials are used to generate products for our material economy.

Keeps our community clean

By adding recycling service at a multifamily community (apartment, townhouse, condominium), residents can separate paper, plastic bottles and containers, metal and glass bottles and jars from their garbage.  No longer will these materials take up space in community garbage containers, resulting in overflowing garbage.

Creates jobs

Ton for ton, recycling creates more jobs for our community than does landfill disposal. When material is set out for recycling, it will be sorted, transported, and eventually processed into new products. At each step, jobs are needed to prepare the materials, adding value to the original load of recyclables.