Washington County administers the solid waste and recycling program, and serves all residential, commercial, multi-family, and public sectors within the Washington County Cooperative. The program provides waste reduction and recycling oversight, education and planning for the Cooperative agencies. The Cooperative offers comprehensive information for residences, apartment complexes, and the workplace on its website at www.WashingtonCountyRecycles.org.
Business Recycling Requirement (BRR)
The Business Recycling Requirement (BRR) is aimed at diverting our portion of a region-wide 80,000 tons of material annually going to the landfill that could be recycled. Metro Council has passed an Ordinance that requires local jurisdictions to implement a BRR. The City of Forest Grove adopted Ordinance No. 2009-06 to implement the BRR with the business license program. When a business obtains a new or renewal license to operate in the City, the business will certify that they are or will be in compliance with the recycling requirement. The Universal Best Management Practices detail the expectations of the BRR program. Businesses that follow these guidelines will be considered in compliance with the BRR.
The Ordinance provides for exemptions for businesses operated out of homes and a process for a business to receive an exemption from the recycling requirements with City approval. The Ordinance also has enforcement procedures for noncompliance as required by Metro. A key component of this program will be ongoing education and having materials available in order to make it as easy as possible for businesses to comply. The Washington County Recycle-at-Work (RAW) program will provide technical experts to help businesses comply and can be reached at 503-846-8609 or online at www.recyclewise.org.
See City Code Chapter 7, Section 7.700, for the complete details of the Business Recycling Requirements. Contact City Administrative Services at 503-992-3234 for questions regarding Business Recycling Requirements.
Upon remittance of the license fee, the business certifies compliance and/or continued compliance with the City of Forest Grove business recycling requirements.
Washington County Solid Waste and Recycling
155 North 1st Avenue, Suite 160
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Expanded Plastics Collection: Tubs and Buckets and Pails – Oh My!
Recycle More Plastics Now! No longer is “check the neck” the standard for recycling plastics. Regardless of whether you tote your red bins or a roll cart to the curb on collection day, you can all recycle the same materials. Residents may now add plastic margarine, yogurt, and cottage cheese tubs/containers 6 ounces and larger, and rigid buckets and nursery plant pots 4 inches to 5 gallons in size. All materials must be rinsed clean of food, soil, or drink residue before setting out for recycling collection. Expanded Plastics
Please keep plastic lids and spray-pumps out of residential recycling. Plastic lids can be recycled at a local depot or at a Master Recycler Plastics Roundup. To learn more about what can be recycled from home and which materials should be taken to a recycling depot, visit Washington County’s Recycling Program website and select ‘At Home’.