Recycling Requirements for Businesses

All businesses within Washington County, except those within the cities of Banks and North Plains, are required to collect for recycling all recyclable paper, cardboard and containers. The Business Recycling Requirements have been in effect since February 2010.

mixed recycling posterWhat are the requirements?

Businesses are required to:

  1. Place recycling receptacles throughout the workplace.
  2. Post signs at collection areas that identify materials to be recycled.
  3. Recycle all recyclable paper, cardboard and containers (metal cans, plastic bottles and tubs, and glass bottles and jars)

These requirements apply to businesses, schools, public agencies, non-profit organizations as well as property management firms with business tenants.

With the exception of businesses in Forest Grove, all Washington County businesses with dumpster or cart-based garbage service have access to recycling collection service at no additional charge.

Free help and tools available!

Washington County Green Business Leaders is available to help all businesses in Cornelius, Durham, Forest Grove, Hillsboro, King City, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin and unincorporated Washington County meet the Business Recycling Requirements. We offer free:

  • Posters and signs
  • Customized on-site assistance

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How does increased recycling benefit the region?

While many businesses already recycle, an estimated 14 percent recycle nothing at all, or just cardboard. As a result, each year, businesses dispose of more than 100,000 tons of material that could otherwise be recycled. 

Metro's Business Recycling Requirements are expected to divert at least 80,000 tons of that material from the landfill to the recycling stream resulting in an estimated $10.22 million in net environmental benefits.

The increase in paper recycling would support Oregon paper mills. Currently, paper collected in the Metro region only provides 11 percent of total paper mill needs.

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