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Solid Waste & Recycling

Find information about garbage and recycling companies, services, rates, and disposal sites. Plus, learn where to take hard-to-recycle and oversized items.

Attention unincorporated Washington County community members and businesses:

Garbage and recycling collection rate changes approved by the Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, will take effect on Thursday, August 1, 2024. Your collection company will send you a written notice outlining the rate changes. For any questions, please contact us at 503-846-3605 or email [email protected].

Bilingual (English, Spanish) support staff can assist you by phone and email Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., except on federal holidays. In-person services are available by appointment only.

How much does my service cost?

Garbage and recycling service providers are required to charge government-approved rates in their service area.

View current collection rates and service options for unincorporated areas of Washington County.

If you live within the limits of one of the 12 Washington County cities, check with your city government for collection rates and service options.

How do I dispose of oversized items?

Do you have an old fridge, couch or other large item to get rid of? To find out how to dispose of any specific item, check out our What to recycle and where? tool.

Here are five solutions for getting rid of bulky items:

  1. Donate it to a nonprofit organization or give it to a friend.
  2. Pass it on by listing it online via sites like or Craigslist.
  3. Use our What to recycle and where? tool to find out where you can take it to be recycled or disposed of. (Please note that fees may apply.)
  4. Call your garbage and recycling service provider to see if you can arrange for a special pickup.
Where can I get a drop box for big projects?

Waste generated by large projects such as a kitchen remodel, landscape clean-up, or roof replacement may require an on-site drop box for waste collection. These drop boxes are provided by your garbage and recycling service provider.

The boxes vary in size and include fees for hauling and disposing waste, mileage, and any other required government fees. Contact your service provider for details.

Pro-tip: Remember to reduce your overall disposal costs by sorting out material that can be reused, donated or recycled!

Where can I drop off garbage, yard debris or recycling?

If you have a vehicle that can safely carry your garbage, yard debris or recycling to a drop-off location, you may find it's the most cost-effective option. Call ahead to the drop-off location or check online for rates, and consider working with your neighbors to plan a disposal run together.

Need some help figuring out where to recycle or dispose of a specific item? Find the answers using our What to Recycle and Where? tool!

Recycling centers:
Yard debris drop-off centers:
Garbage transfer centers:
How does weather affect my service?

During severe weather conditions, your garbage and recycling collection may be delayed or postponed. In these cases, real-time service alerts will be posted on the Garbage & Recycling Day tool and app.

Learn more about how these interruptions may affect your service.