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


All garbage and recycling collection service is provided by privately-owned and operated companies.  The County provides regulatory oversight of 13 collection companies through the issuance of a sanitary service certificate. 

Disposal sites

There are two privately-owned construction and demolition landfills and one privately-owned compost facility that the County regulates through the granting of a franchise agreement.  

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. PDF icon

County staff works 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 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 the County.

Rate setting

The County is also responsible for setting 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.


The County is also responsible for monitoring and enforcing 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