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It's easy to reduce junk mail at the source! Manage catalogs, phone books and more!catalog choice logo

Americans receive more than 85 billion pieces of unsolicited mail each year; approximately 100 pounds for every household. Eliminate unwanted phone books, catalogs, coupons and credit card solicitations at the source! Simply go to Catalog Choice's website, set up an account and begin selecting the way you'd like to receive (or not) catalogs, phone books, credit card solicitations and more! This free online service, will help the Metro region shed thousands of pounds of paper waste - on mailbox at a time. Join others in your community managing their mailbox clutter today!


Recycling Drop-off Centers - for the things you can't put in your recycling cart!

Plastic bags? Block foam packaging? Appliances and bulky plastic household items? Take materials not accepted in your home recycling roll cart to your neighborhood recycling drop-off centers.plastic bags

  1. Gather materials that you might throw away, such as plastic bags, appliances, cable and phone wires, rechargeable batteries, single-use plastic deli/bakery/To-go containers, nursery plant pots, electronics - even block Styrofoam!
  2. Sort materials for easy drop-off when you get to the center.
  3. Visit the recycling center and place the sorted materials into the appropriate box.

Whether you want to save resources or simply reduce the amount of garbage you toss - your recycling drop-off center is worth the visit! Most items are accepted at no charge! Call ahead with questions about materials and whether they are accepted.

Watch KGW's segment on the change in accepted plastics at the drop-off recycling centers. Residential recycling cart program will not be impacted. If you wonder if the recycling center accepts other plastics, call before you go to see whether there are any further status updates.


Transfer Station Navigation - It's Easy! Save time and money!

Today's garbage and recycling transfer stations handle the Portland metropolitan area's waste - with a good deal of it diverted for recycling. The people, processes and technology that make it all work is an interesting story. Watch this family clean out their garage and navigate the transfer station with ease! Remember to sort your recyclables and cover your load to save time and money!


Elect to Recycle or Reuse Campaign Signs!

campaign sign call outThe election is over. What do you do with all those plastic signs? Perhaps the signs can be repurposed to use at yard sales, parties or events. Or consider asking local organizations if they could use the durable, rigid signs.

If the signs are made of corrugated plastic sheets, you can recycle them at a local recycling depot. The Far West Fibers recycling depots in Hillsboro and Beaverton will accept corrugated, plastic signs in their containers labeled "rigid plastics." Be sure to remove all wood or metal before brining plastic signs to the recycling depot. Metal support stands or stakes can be recycled as scrap metal in your curbside program or taken to the recycling depot facility and set in the non-ferrous metal bin.


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.

Recycle at Work FlyerMeeting the requirements is easy as 1-2-3:

  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.  


The Washington County Recycle at Work Program offers free assistance and resources to help businesses meet the Business Recycling Requirements.  


Electronic Waste - Oregon E-cycles!

Effective January 2010, televisions, monitors and computers are banned from Oregon landfills. Luckily, the Oregon E-Cycles program provides free recycling of computers, monitors and televisions. The program is financed by electronics manufacturers and jointly implemented with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

What items are covered under the program? Desktop and portable computers (laptops), monitors and televisions are all covered electronic devices.  

What is not covered?  Fax machines, cell phones, printers and other peripherals are not covered under the current program.  

Who can recycle their electronics via the Oregon E-cycles program?  Households, small organizations of ten or fewer employees and anyone else delivering seven or fewer covered electronic devices to a collector at any one time. 

Find a local drop-off location and to learn more about the program at the Oregon E-cycles website.  


Put Leftover Paint to Good Use!

paintcanOn July 23, 2009, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski signed into law the nation’s first Product Stewardship program that requires paint manufacturers to safely manage leftover latex and oil-based paint from consumer and contractor painting jobs. The PaintCare Program began July 1, 2010 and will provide State residents and businesses with a convenient option for paint disposal and recycling.

The PaintCare Program is offered by a host of participating paint vendors throughout the State of Oregon. The proposed list of Washington County vendors is provided below and a comprehensive list will be available online at As the program matures, more paint collection sites will be established.

Residents and businesses seeking environmental and affordable ways to dispose of paint are encouraged to contact one of the participating locations listed below for site specific details. Disposal will be free of charge for all paints included in the program. Visit for a complete list of included paints.

Washington County Participating Vendors:

  • Suburban Ace Hardware Inc. - 3470 SW 185th Ave., Aloha, OR 97006 - (503) 649-5555
  • Rodda Paint - Progress - 8614 SW Hall Blvd., Beaverton, OR 97008 - (503) 644-6188
  • Washington County ReStore - 13475 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton, OR  97005 - (503) 906-3823
    West Tuality ReStore - 4115 24th Ave., Forest Grove, OR 97116 - (503) 357-1201
  • Miller Paint - 8703 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Portland, OR 97225 - (503) 292-4444
  • Miller Paint - 1040 NW Murray Rd., Portland, OR 97229 - (503) 574-4411
  • Sherwin Williams - 19390 SW 90th Court, Tualatin, OR 97062 - (503) 691-0500


21 Tips to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Solid Waste

  • Purchase in bulk to reduce packaging or bring your own containers to fill.
  • Bring durable bags to pack groceries home.
  • Set up an area in your home to set recyclable materials for collection.
  • Compost yard clippings, vegetable and fruit peelings and more!
  • Reduce junk mail by removing your name from 3rd class mailing lists.
  • Locate a recycler for materials not accepted in your recycling program.


  • Install low-flow showerheads and keep showers to 5 minutes or shorter.
  • Install low-flow toilets when upgrading/remodeling your bathroom.       


  • Turn off lights and electronics when not in use.
  • Wash full loads of clothes and dishes and choose cold water selections.
  • Clean your dryer lint-catch every time before drying a load to reduce energy consumption and drying time.
  • Set your thermostat to 65-68 F during the day and 55-58 F at night or install a programmable thermostat to these figures to take care of it automatically.
  • Select energy-efficient appliances when shopping for new electronics.
  • Set your water heater to 120 degrees F and set it to 'off' when on a trip.
  • Use compact fluorescent lights for light bulbs in use at least 3 hours each day.
  • Contact your energy utility to find out how to shift your electric energy to green power.


  • Group errands to save time and energy when out and about.
  • Carpool to work, games, practices or school.
  • Use alternate transportation when possible; biking, walking, public system, etc.
  • Turn off your engine when idling in line for over a minute (e.g. gas station, school, railroad crossing, bank drive-up). It's a myth that it's more fuel-efficient to leave your engine running instead of turning it off and restarting it.