Regulatory

Solid Waste & Recycling provides regulatory oversight of the collection, storage and disposal of solid waste (garbage) and recycling in unincorporated Washington County. For more information email or call us at 503-846-3605.

Collection

All garbage and recycling collection service is provided by privately-owned and operated companies. The County provides regulatory oversight of 11 collection companies through the issuance of a sanitary service certificate. 

Disposal sites

There is one privately-owned construction and demolition landfill and two privately-owned compost facilities that the County regulates through the granting of franchise agreements.  

Regulatory framework

Disposal franchise agreements and garbage and recycling collection certificates are governed by Washington County rules and regulations as well as federal and state laws.

We work with Metro and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to monitor disposal facilities that are licensed and/or permitted by those agencies in addition to holding a franchise agreement with the County.

Disposal facilities and collection companies located in cities are governed by the rules and regulations of that city and are not under the jurisdiction of Washington County.

Rate setting

The County sets fair and reasonable rates for solid waste, recycling and medical waste collection services in unincorporated Washington County. These rates are reviewed on an annual basis and approved by the Washington County Board of Commissioners.

Enforcement

The County monitors and enforces general code requirements that address such issues as:

  • General nuisances
  • Accumulation of garbage
  • Abandoned wells and septic tanks
  • Uncontrolled growth of weeds and brush
  • Vectors such as rats and mice
  • Abandoned appliances that pose a threat to public health or the environment