Recycle at Home
All residents in Washington County have access to garbage and recycling collection service at home. Recycling takes just a few minutes and it is worth it. Recycling saves money, creates jobs, keeps the community clean and protects the environment. If you have questions, you can email a waste prevention and recycling specialist or call 503-846-3605.
What can I recycle at home?
Include in the mixed recycling:
- Paper and cardboard
- Boxes, magazines, newspaper, junk mail and rinsed cartons
- Shredded and scrap paper in a sealed paper bag
- Flattened boxes — less than 3 by 3 feet
- Rinsed metal cans —lids and scrap metal contained in crimped can
- Empty aerosol cans with nozzles on can
- Metal paint cans — less than 1 inch of dry paint
- Scrap metal — pieces up to 30 pounds and smaller than 30 inches long
- No household appliances
- Plastic bottles, buckets and tubs
- Rinsed containers
- Clean, plastic paint containers
- Sizes between 6 ounces and 5 gallons
Separate glass bottles and jars:
- Rinsed containers with no caps, lids or corks
- In a separate container from mixed recycling
Learn more about the materials you can recycle at home and how to prepare them properly.
Make your recycling efforts count. Learn more about recycling in this video (5:11 min).
Not sure what to do with a material?
Residents can use Metro's search tool or call 503-234-3000 to see where to put materials or if there is a facility to take them to.
Who collects my garbage and recycling?
The type of residence you live in and your address determines who, when and how your garbage and recycling is collected.
Single-family homes and up to four-plexs:
Residents in single-family homes or buildings with four or less units do not share garbage and recycling services and have their own containers. Learn more about single-family recycling.
Multifamily communities with five or more units:
Residents in communities of five or more households share the same garbage and recycling services and containers, which are paid for by the property manager or home owners association. Learn more about multifamily recycling.
Why should I recycle?
By separating out reusable and recyclable materials from the garbage, the garbage service may be reduced, which can save money.
Recycling services create jobs with businesses that haul, process and sell recovered materials, as well as with companies that manufacture and distribute products made with these recycled materials. Recycling in our state creates nearly $1.55 billion in economic benefits for Oregonians.
Keep the community clean
Recycling reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Manufacturers can use more recycled materials to create new products instead of raw materials, which reduces air, water and land pollution.
Protect the environment
Recycling conserves energy and natural resources such as trees, water and minerals used to make new goods. Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to power a light bulb for four hours.
How does recycling work?
Ever wonder what happens to your recycling after it leaves your home? Watch a video to learn more about the journey your recycling takes and better understand why it's important to recover these materials (13:25 min).
- Sign up for quarterly Recycling Update e-newsletters.
- Request a presentation for your community group.
- Volunteer in your community to help prevent waste and recycle better.
- Take garbage or bulky waste to a drop-off facility.
- File a complaint about nuisances, noise or garbage haulers.