Tools and Resources
The Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Program provides free assistance, educational and technical resources to residents and businesses located throughout Washington County, with the exception those living within the city limits of Beaverton. Residents, businesses or both are encouraged to download the following materials or submit a request at 503-846-3605 or by email.
Resources to help residents recycle at home:
What goes on at a transfer station? (8:08 min)
Resources to help recycle at home:
For all residents:
- Compost food scraps in a worm bin.
- Dispose of needles, lancets and syringes (sharps) brochure.
- Garden naturally.
- Learn more about recycling and waste prevention with the Recycling Update newsletter.
- Recycle at your curbside or apartment and find drop-off recycling centers (English and Spanish).
- Recycle computers, monitors and televisions with Oregon E-cycle.
- Recycle items that are not accepted in curbside recycling at drop-off recycling centers.
- Reduce junk mail, catalogs and phone books. Request a full toolkit.
- Recycle paint through PaintCare.
- Recycle, prevent waste, find drop-off recycling centers and garden naturally.
- Recycle yard debris.
- Redeem bottles and cans.
- Reduce and reuse materials.
- When are neighborhood household hazardous waste collection events?
- Volunteer as a Master Recycler.
For residents with single-family or small multi-unit collection service
(four or less housing units without shared garbage and recycling containers):
- How much does it cost to start residential recycling and garbage service?
- Learn how to make compost at home.
- Purchase a home compost bins at a reduced price.
- Request decals for my mixed recycling roll cart and glass recycling bin.
- When is my recycling, garbage and yard debris collected?
For managers and residents at multifamily communities
(five or more housing units with shared garbage and recycling containers):
- Order free community recycling resources and assistance
- Recycle plastic bags - poster.
- Recycle batteries - poster.
- Subscribe to quarterly e-news with tips for property managers.
For school-age children:
- Color the stuff that can be recyclable. - poster
- Discover the world of resource conservation with activities. Washington County teachers can request "Kids Stuff" free booklets.
- Unscramble the letters, mix and match, complete the crosswords and finish other recycling puzzles
Resources to help recycle at work:
- Apply to become a Washington County Recycle at Work awarded business.
- Dispose of small business hazardous waste.
- Donate edible food to reduce hunger and prevent waste.
- Evaluate the flow of materials through your business with a waste assessment.
- Learn more about recycling and waste prevention at work with the Recycle At Work Business Bulletin.
- Post what is recyclable at your workplace (English, Spanish or Vietnamese).
- Request free assistance.
- Take the Sustainable Workplace Pledge and help conserve resources at work.
- What free on-site assistance and resources are available to help recycle or go beyond the basics such as establishing a green team?
Resources for builders and renovators:
- Purchase high quality indoor/outdoor paint with recycled content through MetroPaint.
- Recycle unused paint.
- Exchange unwanted commercial building materials online with BoneyardNW.
- Find opportunities to salvage, reuse or recycle building materials.
- Maximize the recovery of leftover building or remodeling materials at your job site. Request a free Construction Salvage and Recycling Toolkit.