Public Involvement

Are you interested in recycling and waste prevention in your community? Would you like to work with Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling on these topics? There are currently two ways to get involved — become a member of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee or an educator with the Master Recycler Program. For more information, contact us by email or phone: 503-846-3605. 

Solid Waste Advisory Committee

The 10-member Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) makes recommendations to the Board of Commissioners regarding the County's regulation of the solid waste and recycling system. Recommendations are provided on issues including solid waste and recycling collection rate adjustments, disposal site agreements, administrative rule revisions and code changes. 

The public is welcome to attend meetings. For meeting materials and other information, go to the SWAC page.

Currently seeking SWAC members

Do you live in Washington County? Are you interested in how garbage and recycling is managed in your community? Do you want to help shape public policy? If you answered yes to these questions, this may be your opportunity. The Washington County Solid Waste Advisory Committee is currently seeking applications from the general public for two open positions.

To apply, click "Apply for a Board" on this webpage. For more information, download this flier.

Master Recycler Program

Master Recycler at the Fair
Master Recycler at
the Washington 
County Fair

Learn. Inspire. Make a difference.

Master Recyclers learn from the experts then share in their own communities.

You can become a Master Recycler volunteer by taking an eight-week, 40-hour course on the latest information on waste prevention and recycling. Then, give back 30 volunteer hours to share what you learned with neighbors, co-workers and community. 

A class is held each fall in Washington County. Other dates are available within the region. Visit the Master Recycler website for more information. To get notifications of upcoming registration opportunities, click here.