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?


Keep recycling, Washington County

Recent news about problems with international recycling markets is concerning, but has not changed what is accepted in your recycling bin or roll cart. We will let you know if anything does change. 

Please continue putting these materials in your recycling bin:

  • Paper and cardboard

  • Metal

  • Plastic bottles, buckets and tubs

  • Glass bottles and jars (on the side)
Remember: When in doubt, throw it out. If you are unsure whether an item should be recycled, put it in the garbage. Items like take-out containers and plastic packaging don't belong in your recycling bin. 

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