Garbage and Recycling

Solid Waste & Recycling is a division of the Washington County Department of Health and Human Services. We provide information and resources to help residents, property managers and businesses in Washington County, Oregon sustainably manage materials by preventing waste, recycling and disposing of garbage properly. Solid Waste & Recycling also regulates how garbage and recycling is collected, stored and disposed of and provides code enforcement services for nuisance and noise violations in unincorporated Washington County. 

Waste prevention and recycling specialists or code enforcement officers are ready to answer your questions by email or by calling 503-846-3605. Learn more about our services. 

What's new?

Important notice about recycling market disruption 

Recent changes to global recycling markets are affecting U.S. recycling programs, with significant impacts in Oregon. This disruption is due to an announcement from China that starting in 2018, they will no longer accept certain materials, such as plastic "clamshells" and plastic bags, shipped from the U.S. for recycling. Until recently, China has been the world's largest importer of recycled paper and plastics. 

If you'd like to stay up-to-date as this complex situation develops, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has a helpful Q&A on its website that will be regularly updated.  

What you can do at this time:

  • Use our What to Recycle and Where tool to find drop-off locations for plastic grocery bags and plastic film

  • Place other "non-curbside" plastics in the garbage, including plastic to-go "clamshells," cold drink cups, plastic utensils and plastic lids 

  • Try reducing or avoiding excessive packaging and other disposable materials when you are deciding which products to buy

  • Refer to our Recycle at Home page for a list of what is accepted in your mixed recycling cart 
There will be no changes to mixed recycling collected at the curb at this time. Please remember that plastic grocery bags, plastic film and plastic "clamshells" are not accepted in your mixed recycling cart.