Washington County to launch new Recycle+ program

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Sponsored by: Health and Human Services Department, Solid Waste & Recycling (SW&R) Division

Community members in unincorporated Washington County have demonstrated their commitment to reducing waste by recycling more than 42 million pounds of material every year. To support community recycling efforts, the Washington County Board of County Commissioners has approved a new addition to curbside recycling. The County is calling it Recycle+.

This optional service, which begins July 1, 2022, will provide an opportunity for community members in urban unincorporated Washington County to recycle materials not included in standard recycling. Interested community members can request service through their current garbage and recycling collection company.

Community members who sign up for Recycle+ will receive a 20-gallon purple bin for convenient home pickup of plastic film and bags, plastic #1 clamshell containers, compact fluorescent light bulbs, and textiles such as clothes, sheets and towels. Customers who wish to participate will be charged a base fee of $2.50 per month and only pay for needed pickups at $9.25 each. They can cancel service at any time; no subscription is required. Dropping these materials off at a recycling depot remains a no-cost recycling option for community members.

Additionally, as part of the board’s action, the standard curbside recycling program will immediately expand to include all types of household batteries, which will be collected in existing glass recycling bins.

More information about Recycle+ is available on the county’s website. Customers in urban unincorporated Washington County can expect to receive information about how to sign up in the coming months.

For more information about garbage and recycling in Washington County, visit www.WashingtonCountyRecycles.com

Media Contact:

Wendy Gordon, Dept. Communications Coordinator
503-849-9117
wendy_gordon@co.washington.or.us