Recycling Requirements for Businesses

As of February 16, 2010, with the passage of the Business Recycling Requirements, 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.

What are the Requirements?Recycle at Work Flyer

Businesses are now 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.

*Home-based businesses are exempt from these requirements.  

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!

The Washington County Recycle at Work Program 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:

  • Recycling Boxes
  • Posters and Signs
  • Customized On-site Assistance


How Will 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.

Check out the businesses that have made the commitment to recycling their paper, cardboard and containers and, as a result, have each been certified as a "Recycling Certified Business".

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