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Since October 2013, Swatco provides every other week recycling in the Rural areas of Washington County,  See the Rural Recycle Cart FAQ sheet for more information using the lower tab to the left.

To locate a Paint Recycling (PaintCare) drop off point:  PaintCare Locator
 Place the following items all together in the grey recycling carts with blue lids:

- Newspapers
- Magazines
- Scrap Paper
- Milk Cartons
- Metal Cans
- Aerosol Cans
- Scrap Metal
- Plastic Bottles with necks (i.e. Milk jug is OK, but no food trays or plastic bags), plastic tubs (yogurt, butter etc) Plastic buckets, and rigid 4 inch diameter and larger plastic planting pots.


Here is an excellent video on why Plastic Bags cannot go in the Recycling!

For more recycling videos, visit our recycling video page Recycling Videos

The above pictured items are the only types of Plastic Items accepted in your recycling cart.
On The Side

Place motor oil and glass to the side of the red recycling bins as follows:

Motor Oil: Pour used motor oil into a "see-through," unbreakable container with a screw top lid. No other liquids will be accepted. Place next to your red recycling bins.
Glass: GLASS BREAKS! When mixed with other recyclables,
machinery and pose a safety hazard to workers. 

Remove lids, rinse thoroughly, and place glass in a rigid container (bucket or bin) to separate glass from other materials. Place bucket next to the red recycling bins.  Do Not Place Glass in Paper or Plastic Bags!

No broken glass, cookware, window glass, mirrors, light bulbs, or drinking glasses.
Materials Not Accepted in Residential Recycling

Proper preparation is important to make recycling work. Do not place these into your residential recycling. For information about how to recycle these items or other “hard to recycle items,” contact Metro Recycling Information Center at (503) 234-3000 

Plastic Bags: Do not place plastic bags in recycling containers - they jam machinery and disrupt operations at the processing facility. Intead, recycle used plastic bags at grocery stores. 

Plastic Caps, Lids and Tops: No plastic caps, lids, or tops accepted in residential recycling. These items tend to "nestle" inside paper products headed for the paper mill . Those that are less than 2" in diameter and don't mix with paper, tend to falll through the sorting screens.

Transparent plastic deli containers and bakery/vegetable "clamshell" or blister packaging (think of rigid packaging requiring a knife to open) are not part of the residential recycling program.

Block Styrofoam or Peanuts:

Styrofoam may be accepted at Far West Fibers recycling depot for a nominal fee.  Contact 503-234-3000 

Reuse Idea: Styrofoam peanuts can often be taken to local mailhouses for reuse. 

For more information on Washington County Recycling visit: