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Please have your recycling roll cart & bins curbside by 6 am on your service day.

Recycling is collected every other week in urban and rural county.

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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.)
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Recycling on the side


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



AAA to D size alkaline and heavy duty
6-volt and 9-volt lantern type
Button batteries
Rechargeable batteries
Battery packs (NiCad, NiMh and Lithium Ion)
Not Accepted

Car batteries
Lead-acid batteries

Batteries should be placed in a quart-sized zip sealed bag and placed in your glass bin. If your bin is full of glass, please place the bag of batteries on top.

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.

Click here for more information on the Washington County web site

Recycle+ is now available to residents residing in urban unincorporated Washington County! In addition to current curbside recycling, you may now participate in Recycle+:

Recycle+ items for collection 1. Plastic film/bags
  • Produce bags
  • Plastic bags
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Plastic padded envelopes (no padded manila envelopes)
  • Plastic overwrap for paper towels, paper plates, napkins, etc.

2. Clear plastic #1 clamshell containers
  • Fruit containers
  • Bakery containers
  • Take-out containers
3. Textiles
  • Clothing
  • Bed linens
  • Towels/rags
4. Compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • Compact fluorescent bulbs must be contained in a zip-sealed bag prior to placing in your WM provided bag. This protects workers from mercury exposure should bulbs get broken during handling.
  • Long fluorescent tubes used in commercial lighting are not accepted
5. Recycle+ special collection: String lights

Available to Recycle+ customers in unincorporated urban Washington County on your scheduled collection day between January 9-20, 2023.


Small string lights, LED string lights and strings without lights.

Yes - recycle these lights
Don't include:

Rope lights, novelty lights if you cannot remove the novelty bulb, inflatable yard figures or any other holiday decor.

NO - Do not recycle these lights
Before recycling:
  • Test the string light. Consider donating or giving away working string lights.
  • If they do not work, you might be able to fix them using these quick and easy repair tips.
Prepare your string lights for Recycle+ collection:
Remove novelty and larger bulbs, often identified as C6, C7 or C9. These are commonly found on lights that are older or for outdoor use.

Novelty and larger bulbs
Removed bulbs can be put in the garbage or saved as replacement bulbs for your other string lights.

In garbage or saved

  • Bag string lights. Between now and January 9, if you have a pickup scheduled, you will receive a 14-gallon purple plastic bag along with your standard replacement bags. Put the string lights in the purple Recycle+ bag and tie it shut. Didn't get a purple bag? That's OK! Use another 14-gallon plastic bag instead.

  • Schedule your on-call pickup. Follow this link to schedule your pickup. Requests must be made at least two business days in advance of your pickup day.

  • Set your bin at the curb. Your bag can be set in your Recycle+ bin. If your bin is full, place your bag to the side for no additional charge.

    Place your lights in bags then bins
Thank you for recycling! The PVC plastic, copper wire and other metals from your broken string lights will be used to make new products like wires or pipes. The plastic will be made into many new products; it may end up as the soles of your next pair of slippers!

Learn more: visit Washington County's Recycle+ website for more information about the program and end markets of Recycle+ materials.

How to participate

Recycling+ Container
  1. Subscribe to Recycle+

  2. WM will deliver a lidded 18 gallon purple bin and four clear plastic bags on your upcoming comingle service day.

  3. Put acceptable materials in the plastic bags provided by WM, and place them in your lidded 18-gallon purple bin. Note: Each material must be in its own plastic bag, please do not place different materials in the same bag. Compact fluorescent bulbs must be contained in a zip-sealed bag prior to placing in your WM provided bag.

  4. Schedule an on-call pick-up with WM. Note: Customers must schedule their pick-up at least two days in advance. Visit Washington County's Garbage and Recycle Day website to see your pick-up dates and create reminders for your pick-up.

  5. Place lidded 18 gallon purple bin out to be serviced on your scheduled day.

  6. WM will collect the bagged materials, and replace the clear plastic bags for future collection.

Recycle+ charges include a monthly base charge of $2.50 per month,
and a pick-up charge every time it is emptied.

Description of Service
Recycle+ on-call curbside pick-up less than 5ft
$ 9.25 per pick-up
Recycle+ on-call curbside pick-up 5ft - 150ft
$ 11.70 per pick-up
Recycle+ on-call curbside pick-up over 150ft
$ 13.02 per pick-up

Subscribe to Recycle+ Here
Request an On-call Pick-up Here

WM Northwest Beyond Curbside Recycling

For recycling options for materials not collected curbside, visit www.oregonmetro.gov/findarecycler or call 503-234-3000 to find a recycler near you.

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If you have any questions, please contact WM Customer Service at 800-808-5901 or e-mail us at WM Customer Service

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