Garbage & Recycling
Solid Waste & Recycling Program Overview
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The Washington County Solid Waste and Recycling Program provides regulatory oversight, education and outreach services related to the collection, storage and disposal of solid waste (garbage) and recycling in unincorporated Washington County.
Collection of Garbage/Recycling
All garbage and recycling collection service is provided by private collection companies. The County provides regulatory oversight of 13 companies in unincorporated Washington County that have current service certificates, granted by the Board of County Commissioners, to collect solid waste and recycling from residents and businesses based on exclusive service areas.
The County establishes the rates these 13 collection companies charge for service and establishes standards for the collection companies related to levels of service, reporting and customer communications.
Like the collection companies, the disposal facilities in Washington County are also owned and operated by private companies. The County holds franchise agreements with three disposal sites in unincorporated Washington County; Hillsboro Landfill, Lakeside Reclamation Landfill, Nature's Needs Compost Facility.
Education and Outreach
The Program also provides recycling education and outreach to the citizens and businesses in all cities within the County, except the City of Beaverton, who operate their own program. Recycling program technical support and education are provided under agreements with Metro, the regional planning agency for solid waste management, and the ten cities that are participating local governments.
Regulatory oversight and enforcement is generally mandated by State, regional and local statutes. This program provides enforcement of general County codes in the unincorporated areas that address: