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Welcome to the Property Manager Tips for a Clean and Green Community e-mail update archives. The e-mail update is intended to provide community managers with information on the available resources they can use to make their communities cleaner and greener. Contact Heather Robinson to subscribe to the quarterly e-mail update.

Clean and Green Communities Update

Thank you to all the community managers and speakers that attended the Clean and Green Communities Workshop in June. Your participation made the workshop a success. The agenda, presentation slides and the speakers' contact information are available below.


Junk Mail ImageDrop 40 Pounds (of Junk Mail) in a Year

It is estimated that each household receives 40 to 100 pounds of unsolicited, unwanted mail yearly. Multiply that by the number of households in your community and that adds up to serious paper waste. Help your residents manage their mailboxes with "Say No to Junk Mail" kits or Catalog Choice information cards. The kits make it easy to say "no" to unwanted mail, catalogs and phone books. Contact us via email or phone (503) 846-3660 to order the "Say No to Junk Mail" kits or Catalog Choice cards for your staff and your residents free of charge.


Fluorescent Lights: A Bright Idea

Have you and your residents made the change from incandescent light bulbs to fluorescents? Fluorescent light bulbs typically use 75 percent less energy, last ten times as long as incandescent light bulbs and, as a result, reduce the associated pollution caused by electricity generation.

CFLFluorescent light bulbs contain a small amount of mercury and should be handled with care. When a fluorescent light bulb breaks, the mercury exposure can be minimized by following proper cleanup procedures suggested by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Because there is mercury in fluorescent bulbs, do not toss them in the garbage. Instead, take fluorescent bulbs to an authorized site for proper disposal or recycling. See options below:

  • Home Depot and Lowe's stores accept used Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) for proper disposal/recycling free of charge
  • Metro accepts both the fluorescent tubes and CFLs at their hazardous waste facilities and neighborhood collection events. Contact Metro at (503) 234-3000 for details.


More energy saving potential...

Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO) can provide energy conservation tips, tools and assistance for your community of five units or more. Your property may qualify for free CFLs, energy efficient showerheads and faucet aerators. Contact Energy Trust of Oregon at 1 (866) 368-7878 for details.


Multifamily Recycling BagRecycling - It's in the Bag

Over the last two years, Washington County's Recycling Program staff and Master Recycler volunteers delivered 6,000 recycling bags and spoke with 2,000 residents about making the most of their community's recycling program during door-to-door outreach visits at more than 60 communities.

Residents responded positively to the visits. Some residents were not aware that recycling was available at their property. We also answered residents' questions about how to recycle electronics, Styrofoam, batteries and light bulbs. We identified nearby drop-off locations for those items; The goal is to keep these items out of community garbage containers. The recycling bags were a hit. Who doesn't love a great bag?

Need more bags? To order bags for new residents or to schedule Knock 'N' Talk onsite visits and bag distribution at your property, contact us via e-mail or phone (503) 846-3660.


block Styrofoam_Where can I recycle Styrofoam™?

Block Styrofoam™ can now be taken to the Pride Recycling Depot in Sherwood and the Far West Fibers drop-off recycling depots in Beaverton and Hillsboro. No packing peanuts or other foam products please. A small fee may apply at the depot to cover program costs.

Contact Pride Recycling at (503) 625-0725 or Far West Fibers at (503) 643-9944 for details.


Signs Show the Way to Recycle

Proper signage helps residents identify the enclosures and containers for their recyclables. Good signs also reinforce which materials are acceptable in those containers. Washington County offers FREE recycling signs for your mixed recycling and glass recycling stations. Pre-drilled holes make it easy to attach the signs to a fence, post or wall. Order signs today by contacting Heather Robinson at (503) 846-3660.


Toxic Trash

electronic junkHave you heard that putting televisions, computers and monitors in the garbage is illegal? It is true. In 2010, the State of Oregon banned these items from Oregon landfills. And for good reason; many electronics contain heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium and chromium which are associated with serious health issues. The good news is that, by making sure electronics are sent to the recycling process and not the landfill, you can reduce:

  • the chance that the harmful metals are released to our air, water and land
  • the cost associated with managing these materials in the landfill
  • the associated environmental, health and financial impact of mining these materials from the Earth

The Oregon E-cycles program makes it easy. Local Oregon E-cycles drop-off sites offer FREE recycling for television, computers and monitors. To find one near your community, enter your address at


Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

Metro hosts FREE Household Hazardous Waste collection events each weekend. Check the schedule on Metro's website to find one near your community. These events are free to residents - so encourage your residents to properly dispose of their hazardous materials, such as paint, chemicals, batteries, and fluorescent light bulbs, at a local event.

Did you know..

..that strings of holiday lights are recyclable if taken to the right place? Far West Fibers will recycle holiday lights - among many other items not accepted in the mixed recycling program. Please do not put strings of lights in the mixed recycling bins at your community. The strands tangle up in the sorting equipment used to separate the paper, metal and plastic bottles/buckets.

Far West Fibers (503) 643–9944

6440 SE Alexander St, Hillsboro and 10750 SW Denney Rd, Beaverton

Carol Of The Trees

HolidayTreeHere come the trees, so many trees….. Each holiday season 30 million trees are purchased in the U.S.  Although there are many opportunities to recycle trees into soil amendment or other useful product, some trees still end up in the landfill where they create methane, take up valuable space and cost rate-payers plenty. 

How can you help your residents recycle their trees instead of dumping them? Promote local tree recycling collection events, often run by Scout Troops, or coordinate a tree collection at your own community. Partner with a fundraising group, your landscape company or work with your staff to collect the trees and deliver them to a local composting facility.

To find a local compost facility or tree collection event, enter your address and "Christmas Tree" at the Metro Find a Recycler webpage. 


Deck The Halls With The 3 R's…

During the holidays as we exchange gifts and host parties we can see our leftover waste pile up. This material doesn't have to end up in the landfill. Your residents can take simple steps to conserve resources this winter.
  • Recycle greeting cards, cardboard boxes and wrapping paper.
  • Do not put Styrofoam or plastic bags in the recycling bins. 
  • Donate unwanted clothing and usable toys and household items to a local charity.
  • Give gifts of experiences or service rather than things.
  • Use reusable dishware for entertaining instead of disposable utensils, plates and cups.