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The Business Bulletin is produced by the Washington County Health & Human Services, Solid Waste & Recycling Program.


For more information go to ww.WashingtonCountyRecycles.org, call 503-846-3605 or visit the office at 155 N First Ave, Ste 160, Hillsboro 97124.

Spotlight on newly-awarded businesses
Tuality Healthcare 
Tuality Healthcare of Hillsboro has been awarded the Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Program's Recycle at Work Award for its dedication to reducing its environmental impact. Read more.

Intel plays a large and important role in our community as a global company that manufactures computer chips, employing roughly 17,500 people in Washington County. Read more.

Key Knife 
Tualatin-based Key Knife, a manufacturer for the global wood products industry, has been awarded the Recycle at Work Award by Washington County. Read more.
ResourceFull Use Workshop
FREE workshop open to metro-area businesses. Learn how the sharing of your company's industrial waste materials can help other local businesses, while also saving you money. Register today.

April 15, 2015 at Huntair

Questions or to RSVP?
Contact the Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Program at
503-846-3605 or by email.

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The cost of commuting

How much do you spend each day, round-trip? Click on the graph to find out.

The Westside Transportation Alliance provides member businesses support for helping their employees get to work without driving alone. Read more.

New newsletter format

The Solid Waste & Recycling Program has made improvements the Business Bulletin, making a more streamlined version of the biannual publication. Please help us make the Business Bulletin better. Are there topics you'd like to see covered in the Business Bulletin? If so, email us your thoughts or comments. 

Upcoming events

BioCycle West Coast Conference 2015 

April 13-16, 2015Jantzen Beach Hotel, Portland


2015 SWANA NW Regional Symposium
April 15-17McMenamin's Edgefield, Troutdale


Washington County ResourceFull Use Workshop

April 15Huntair, Tualatin


Sustainable Oregon 2015, 37th Annual Conference & Tradeshow by the Association of Oregon Recyclers 

June 3-5The Riverhouse Hotel & Convention Center, Bend 

Take workplace recycling to the next level
Request a FREE Green Team Kit.

Because pulling garbage from the recycling is not in your job description.

This publication is produced in cooperation with the cities of Banks, Cornelius, Durham, Forest Grove, Hillsboro, King City, North Plains, Sherwood, Tigard and Tualatin.

New staff offer workplace assistance

Beth Otto and Alex Bertolucci and have joined the Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Program and offer businesses free technical assistance and resources. Alex worked for several years as the store manager of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore - Beaverton. He brings years of reuse, waste prevention and waste reduction experience to his new position. Please give Alex a warm welcome.


The Solid Waste & Recycling Program also welcomes Beth Otto to the team. Beth is a planner and worked on recent development projects for the cities of Lake Oswego and Tigard. She will be assisting businesses with food donation and composting. Welcome to the team, Beth.


Businesses across the county are working with Alex and Beth to better manage recycling and food waste through donation options and recovery programs. If you are interested in starting a recycling or food waste diversion program at your business, or make an existing one more effective, request free assistance here.  

A revamped Recycle at Work Award

The Recycle at Work Award is now the Green Business Award. The change allows recognition of broader environmental efforts organization's take toward managing their materials. New award elements include actions toward toxics reduction, hazardous waste management, and corporate social responsibility. Green purchasing, waste prevention and recycling remain critical components of the award.


The award also has a new look. It's made from 100-percent recycled-content waxed cardboard backing and a recycled-content aluminum plate. To learn more about the newly-updated Green Business Award, email the Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Program or call 503-846-3605.


Apply for the award.
Get smart about food waste at home
Do you know how much food your family is throwing away? Families who measure their food waste are often surprised.

To learn how much food your household wastes, measure all of the food you discard over one to two weeks. Try using a large measuring cup or a small bucket that you know the volume of -- is it 1/4 full, half full or more? 

Read more.

Cardboard products no longer accepted with food scraps

Commercial business currently receiving food scraps collection are no longer allowed to include cardboard products as of November 1, 2014. And, as of March 1, 2015, all other non-food items must be eliminated from commercial food scraps.


These requirements were put into place by Metro to preserve its ability to continue collecting food scraps from the business community.


If you have any questions about what is accepted in the commercial food scraps collection program, or if your business is interested in receiving food scraps collection service, email the Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Program or call 503-846-3605. 

Borrow recycling containers for your event

Is your company or organization putting on a public event? The Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Program can provide recycling equipment for beverage containers generated at your event.


Nearly two dozen ClearStream recycling containers are available for free to businesses and organizations holding events within Washington County, such as festivals and farmers markets. Events must be open to the public. Equipment is checked out on a first-come, first-served basis.


Make beverage container recycling easy at your next event. Contact the Solid Waste & Recycling Program for questions and details or call 503-846-3605.

Drop-off recycling centers

Take Styrofoam, electronics, rigid plastics and other items not collected in residential or commercial recycling programs, to a drop-off recycling center for little or no charge. Visit the recycling center's website for more information about what is accepted.


Far West Recycling - Beaverton

10750 SW Denney Rd

Beaverton  97008




Far West Recycling - Hillsboro

6440 SE Alexander St

Hillsboro  97123



Pride Disposal Company - Recycling Depot

13910 SW Tualatin-Sherwood Rd

Sherwood 97140




For questions, ask Metro at 503-234-3000 or visit www.OregonMetro.gov/FindARecycler.