Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Food businesses in Washington County are required to compost food scraps as part of a region-wide policy. Food is the biggest part of our garbage. When it ends up in the landfill it contributes to climate change. By separating food scraps, this material can instead be used to create nutrient-rich fertilizer and clean energy.
To meet this requirement, food businesses must:
- Set up food scrap compost collection service with a garbage and recycling company. Contact your garbage and recycling company to learn more or contact our team for assistance.
- Set up free, county-provided food scraps collection bins and signage inside. This requirement does not apply to public or customer-facing areas of your business. It only applies to food handled by employees, such as kitchen prepared food and trim, and food from customer plates.
- Separate food scraps from garbage. Food scraps include all edible and inedible food and trimmings that result from the storage, preparation, cooking, handling, selling or serving of food.
- We can help you complete these steps.
We offer free onsite assistance, staff training, indoor collection bins, posters and stickers.
Contact Washington County Solid Waste and Recycling by calling 503-846-3605 or emailing [email protected]. If your business is within the Beaverton city limits, contact outreach staff for assistance by calling 503-526-2665 or emailing [email protected].