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Curbside Recycling

Containers Out by 6:00 am

Collection times may vary as routing schedules change, and so it is very important to have all containers at the street by 6:00 am. We appreciate your cooperation. Please remove all containers from the street as soon as possible after collection.

Recycling is picked up every other week.  We recommend that you wait until the cart is full to bring it to the curb

Mixed Recycling Cart

Place the following items together in your mixed recycling container

Clean paper and cardboard, including

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines & Catalogs
  • Telephone Books
  • Paper Bags
  • Cereal, cracker & shoe boxes
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Notebook paper, computer paper, file folders, stationery
  • Wrapping paper (No foil, plastic coating or tape)

Clean drink cartons

  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Soup and broth cartons

Clean Plastic Bottles and Tubs

  • Yogurt-type containers (6 oz. or larger)
  • Rigid plant pots (4 in. or larger)
  • Buckets (5 gal. or smaller)
  • Plastic bottles (6oz. or larger)
  • Plastic jugs

Clean Metal

  • Metal cans. Place the lid inside the can and crimp shut to hold the lid inside.
  • Aluminum foil and trays
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Small Scrap Metal Pieces (No larger than 30 inches. Weight limit 30 pounds.)

Glass is NOT accepted curbside. Bring it to the Columbia County Transfer Station for recycling.

Motor Oil  is accepted at the Transfer Station for no charge (limit container-size to 5-gallons; place in clean, leak proof container).

Transfer Station

Monday - Saturday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

1601 Railroad Avenue
St. Helens, OR 97051

(503) 366-2613

For more information about accepted materials, rates, hazardous waste collection events and other recycling information, visit the Columbia County website.

Beyond Curbside Recycling

Waste Management offers convenient mail-in collection programs for batteries, electronics, sharps, toner cartridges and compact fluorescent light bulbs. Call customer service or click here for more information.

Curbside Garbage

Waste Management provides garbage service within the urban areas and throughout rural Columbia County.

You provide your own 32-gallon garbage can.

Garbage cans should be watertight and have handles on both sides. Lids should fit tightly yet be easily removed during collection.

For the safety of our drivers, do not overfill garbage cans or compact contents too tightly. Please limit containers to 60 pounds.

Securely bag loose and dusty materials such as ashes, kitty litter, sawdust, animal waste, and packing "peanuts" before placing in the garbage can.

Extra Garbage

There is an an additional charge for each extra bag or container (32-gallon, 60 lb. limit) that does not fit in your garbage container with the lid closed. If you often have extra garbage, you may want to increase your garbage container size to avoid overflow and extra garbage charges.