Tools and Resources
Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling 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 to recycle and where?
Need help figuring out which cart, bin or container a material goes in? Enter an item below to find out if something goes in the garbage, in the recycling or should be taken to a drop-off recycling center. Provide your address to find out what is closest to you.
What goes on at a transfer station? (8:08 min)
- Request a presentation for your community group.
- Compost food scraps in a worm bin.
- 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 items that are not accepted in curbside recycling at drop-off recycling centers.
- Recycle paint through PaintCare.
(four or less housing units with individual garbage and recycling containers):
- How much does it cost to start residential recycling and garbage service?
(five or more housing units with shared garbage and recycling containers):
- Recycle plastic bags - poster.
- Recycle batteries - poster.
- Subscribe to quarterly e-news with tips for property managers.
- Discover the world of resource conservation with activities. Washington County teachers can request "Kids Stuff" free booklets.
Resources to help recycle at work:
- Apply to become a Washington County Green Business.
- 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.
- 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.
- Exchange unwanted commercial building materials online with BoneyardNW.
- Find opportunities to salvage, reuse or recycle building materials.