Recycling in Hillsboro
Recent changes to global recycling markets are affecting recycling programs across the country, with significant impacts in Oregon. Until recently, China has been the world’s largest importer of recycled paper and plastics. Beginning in 2018, China has indicated that it will no longer accept certain materials including plastic bags and plastic “clamshell” type containers. As a result, there is no longer a solid market for these types of plastics and many local recycling centers will no longer accept them.
**At this time, there have been no changes to the mixed, curbside recycling collected by your local waste hauler or to the mixed recycling collected in the bins at your office.
Recycle at Home
Recycle right and make your efforts count by only recycling the items on the list below.
As tempting as it might be to place a plastic deli tray, clam shell container, or other plastic items with recycling symbols in with your mixed recycling , it is very important to only place approved materials in your workplace recycling bins and curbside roll carts. Keeping contaminants out of the recycling mix will help ensure that these materials will continue to be collected and recycled.
Not sure if an item can be recycled? Try using Washington County's new "What to Recycle and Where" tool. Just type the name of the item and the tool will let you know how to recycle or dispose of it.
Know when to DROP IT IN, KEEP IT OUT or PLACE IT ON THE SIDE.
Drop It In - Place these items in your recycling roll cart
- Paper & Cardboard: junk mail, envelopes, newspapers, magazines, copier paper, greeting cards, paper egg cartons, paper tubes, cereal boxes, corrugated cardboard (flatten)
- Milk Carton & Drink Boxes Rinse clean and drip dry (do not include plastic straws)
- Metal & Spray Cans Aluminum, tin, steel, clean scrap metal (including foil, bolts and metal hangers), empty aerosol cans (remove cap)
- Rigid Plastic Bottles & Containers Bottles & tubs 6 ounces or larger, milk containers, margarine, cottage cheese, yogurt tubs, rigid bucket (5 gallons or less - handles okay), rigid plastic plant pots 4 inches or larger
Place It On The Side - Place these items next to your roll cart in the red bin
- Glass bottles & jars rinsed clean and lids removed (no light bulbs, drinking glasses, or dishware)
- Motor Oil pour into a clear plastic container with a screw-on lid
Keep It Out - Roll cart recycling contaminants
- Glass put in the red bin next to your roll cart
- Plastic Bags bubble wrap, plastic or shrink wrap
- Light bulbs
- Frozen food boxes
- Disposable Drink Cups coffee and cold beverage cups
- Containers motor oil pesticide, herbicide or other hazardous material
- Lids, Caps & Corks
- Dishware & Drinking Glasses
- Plastic drinking cups, toys, containers less than 6 ounces, hoses & hangers
- Styrofoam block & packaging peanuts
- Apparel shoes, purses, belts, clothing
- Electronics Computers & printers
- Media CD, DVD, jewel cases, VHS tapes and cassettes
- Hazardous Material batteries, lawn chemicals
- Take-Out Food Containers or clean deli/bakery containers
- Packaging clear, molded plastic packaging
Avoid Recycling Mistakes
The two most frequent (and costly) recycling mistakes are putting plastic bags and glass in with your mixed recyclables. Both of these create hazards for the sorting machines once they come into the recycling facility. Glass should always be placed into the red recycle bin provided by your waste hauler. Plastic grocery bags may still be recycled at some larger grocers. Use the "What to Recycle and Where" tool to locate participating stores.
Additional Recycling Resources
Washington County "What to Recycle and Where" tool
Metro "Find a Recycler" tool or call 503-234-3000
Far West Recycling or call 503-643-9944
NEW: Far West Recycling is only accepting #1 and #2 plastic bottles - no other plastics are being accepted at this time. There is a $5 charge per car to use the recycling depot.
Recycling At Work:
Each year, an estimated 100,000 tons of recyclable materials generated by businesses is sent to landfills in the Metro region. In an effort to help businesses more effectively capture recyclable materials and divert them from landfill, the Hillsboro City Council passed the Business Recycling Requirements (BRR) ordinance in 2009. The BRR calls for businesses to meet three basic requirements:
- Recycle all paper, cardboard and containers (aluminum cans, plastic bottles and tubs, and glass bottles and jars).
- Provide internal recycling receptacles throughout the workplace.
- Post signs at collection areas that indicate which materials must be recycled.
The requirement is linked to the City business license. When a business signs the business license or renewal, they are agreeing to comply with the BRR.