One-third of Washington County households are in multi-family communities (apartments, condominiums or townhome communities of more than four units). Oregon State Law (ORS 90.318) requires multi-family communities to provide their residents with the opportunity to recycle and provide yearly notification about the on-site recycling program.
Washington County's Recycling Program provides assistance and resources, at no charge, to multi-family communities located in Washington County, with the exception of the city limits of Beaverton. To request assistance email or call us at 503-846-3605.
Enclosures: Containers - What Kind, Where to Place and How to Label
- Place two kinds of recycling containers in every enclosure.
- Provide containers for mixed recycling (paper, plastic and metal)
- Provide additional containers for glass recycling.
- Place recycling containers at the mail centers and in other communal areas.
- Use the buddy system - always place garbage and recycling containers together.
- Put stickers/labels* on containers that show the material that should be placed in the container.
- Post signs* in enclosures that show residents how to recycle.
Educate Your Residents
- Explain the recycling program to new residents. Identify the nearest recycling area to their unit.
- Give them a recycling guide* and a reusable recycling bag* to collect and transport recyclables.
- Remind residents on a regular basis about your community's recycling program through newsletters, posted flyers, door-hangers or at community events.
* Available through the County's recycling program order form
Information for Residents
- Locate the nearest garbage and recycling area(s) in your community. Ask your property manager to show you the area if you cannot find it.
- Separate papers, metal, plastic bottles, buckets and tubs from your garbage and take them to recycling containers. Review these recycle preparation instructions for details.
- Flatten cardboard boxes before recycling them. This saves space in the recycling container so your neighbors can recycle, too.
- Rinse containers to remove food before recycling.
What about electronics, appliances, clothing and plastics that are not accepted in my community's recycling containers?
Related Links and Programs
Oregon E-cycles - Recycle computers, televisions and monitors at no charge.
PaintCare – Proper disposal and recycling of paints at no charge
SMOKEFREE Oregon – Smoke-free housing information
Regional Water Providers Consortium – Water conservation information