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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 collected every other week in urban and rural county.

Mixed Recycling Cart / Bins

Place the following items together in your mixed recycling container. All materials must fall freely from the recycling container when tipped.

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)
  • Cardboard (flatten large boxes, cut into sections less than 3ft x 3ft)

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.)

Recycling on the Side

Glass: Mix all colors. Labels OK. Do not include light bulbs, window glass, vases or drinking glasses.

Motor Oil: Put your used motor oil in a one-gallon or smaller plastic see-through container with a screw cap lid. Empty milk jugs make good oil containers.

For recycling options for materials not collected curbside, click here or call (503) 234-3000 to find a recycler near you.

Curbside Garbage

Waste Management provides weekly or on-call garbage service.

Container Placement at the Street

Place carts at the curb so that they do not block sidewalks, driveways, public streets, or other rights of way. Carts should be at least three feet away from basketball hoops, trees, cars and other containers.

When possible, trucks with robotic arms will lift, empty and replace the carts without the drivers leaving the trucks, reducing safety hazards and traffic congestion.

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

Weight Limits

For the safety of our drivers, do not overfill garbage cans or compact contents too tightly.

Item Weight Limit
20 Gallon Cart Weight Limit 55 lbs.
35 Gallon Roll Cart Weight Limit 75 lbs.
64 Gallon Roll Cart Weight Limit 100 lbs.
96 Gallon Roll Cart Weight Limit 150 lbs.

Extra Garbage

There is an an additional charge for each extra bag or container that doesn't 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.

Bulky Items: Bulky items like mattresses, appliances, console televisions, furniture and building materials can be picked up by special arrangement.

Temporary Garbage Services: Large containers are available for temporary projects such as remodeling and construction.

Reduce Your Garbage Costs! Garbage Rates vary according to cart size. Recycling and yard debris collection can help reduce your garbage enough that you may be able to order a smaller size and lower your garbage bills.

For further information to establish, change or discontinue service please contact customer service.

Yard Debris Collection

Your yard debris is collected every other week, in urban Washington County only, on the same day as your trash collection. Please refer to your calendar showing the collection schedule. If you need a calendar contact customer service.

On yard debris day, you can set out one 64-gallon Waste Management provided roll cart (no plastic bags, please) of yard trimmings every other week for no extra charge. Any additional 32-gallon cans, paper Kraft bags or bundles (prunings are limited to 4" in diameter and 36" in length) will be collected for an extra charge.

For the safety of our drivers, please have all limbs cut or trimmed so that they do not stick out above the rim of the container.

Item Weight Limit
Yard Waste Bag Weight Limit 45 lbs.
Yard Waste Bundle Weight Limit 45 lbs.
64 Gallon Roll Cart Weight Limit 100 lbs.

On Pickup Day

  • Place materials at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on your pickup day.
  • Do not use plastic bags, recycling carts or bins or plastic liners for yard debris.
  • Place your yard debris loosely in the cart so that it falls freely when emptied.
  • When using Kraft paper yard waste bags for extra yard debris, try to avoid putting wet debris at the bottom of bag. Keep bags in dry location until pickup day to prevent bottom from falling out.
  • Tie bundles with string or twine. Bundles must be no larger than one foot by three feet.

Curbside yard debris includes

  • Leaves
  • Weeds
  • Grass clippings
  • Branches*
  • Prunings*
  • Items from your garden

* No greater than 4" in diameter and 36" long

Curbside yard debris does not include

  • Dirt
  • Stumps
  • Metal
  • Food waste
  • Sod
  • Lumber
  • Ashes
  • Household garbage
  • Rocks
  • Plastic
  • Animal waste

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