Garbage and Recycling

Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Program Overview

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The Washington County Solid Waste & 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 (haulers). The County provides regulatory oversight of 11 haulers 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 11 haulers charge for service and establishes standards for the haulers related to levels of service, reporting and customer communications.

Disposal Sites
Like the haulers, 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 and Nature's Needs Compost Facility.

Education and Outreach
The Solid Waste & Recycling 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. The Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Program's 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.

Partner Jurisdictions and Agencies
The Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Program is a partner with regional and neighboring jurisdictions, public agencies, and a technical volunteer organization.

Code Enforcement
Regulatory oversight and enforcement is generally mandated by State, regional and local statutes. The Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Program provides enforcement of general County codes in the unincorporated areas that address: