Multifamily Recycling

One-third of Washington County households are in multifamily communities (apartments, condominiums or townhome communities of more than four units). Oregon State Law (ORS 90.318) requires multifamily communities to provide their residents with the opportunity to recycle and provide yearly notification about the on-site recycling program.

The Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Program provides assistance and resources — at no charge — to multifamily communities located in Washington County, with the exception of the city limits of Beaverton. To learn more, contact a waste prevention and recycling specialist by email or call 503-846-3605.

What property managers can do:

Update recycling and garbage enclosures:

  1. Place two kinds of recycling containers in every enclosure.
    • Provide containers for mixed recycling (paper, plastic and metal)
    • Provide additional containers for glass recycling.
  2. Place recycling containers at the mail centers and in other communal areas.
  3. Use the buddy system — always place garbage and recycling containers together.
  4. Place adhesive labels on containers that show the material that should be placed in the container. PDF icon
  5. Post signs in enclosures that show residents how to recycle. PDF icon

Educate your residents

  1. Explain the recycling program to new residents. Identify the nearest recycling area to their unit.
  2. Provide residents with a recycling guide and a reusable recycling bag to collect and transport recyclables to community enclosures.
  3. Remind residents on a regular basis about your community's recycling program through newsletters, posted flyers, door-hangers or at community events.

Order free services and resources

Download the Multifamily Community Recycling Resources order form to request free services, meet with a recycling specialist and receive a customized property manager recycling guide. PDF icon

Get e-news updates

Subscribe to "Property Manager Tips for a Clean and Green Community" e-newsletter for free information and resources. Contact a waste prevention and recycling specialist by email or call 503-846-3605 to learn more.

What multifamily residents can do:

Separate recycling from the garbage

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  1. Locate the nearest garbage and recycling area(s) in your community. Ask your property manager to show you the area if you cannot find it.
  2. Separate papers, metal, plastic bottles, buckets and tubs from your garbage and take them to recycling containers.
  3. Flatten cardboard boxes before recycling them. This saves space in the recycling container so your neighbors can recycle, too.
  4. Rinse containers to remove food before recycling.
  5. Learn more about how to prepare your recycling.

Find out what to do with electronics, appliances, clothing and plastics that are not accepted in the community's recycling containers

Use the what to recycle and where tool to locate a nearby donation or drop-off recycling center for reuse or recycling of items that aren't accepted in your recycling program.  

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