Green Neighbors Program

The Clark County Green Neighbors Program was developed and is maintained by Clark County Solid Waste and Environmental Outreach to assist citizens with developing more sustainable lifestyles and building a strong environmental community in Clark County. Solid waste regional planning and programs are a cooperative effort of Battle Ground, Camas, Clark County, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver, Washougal, and Yacolt. Funding for this project provided by a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology.

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Do you live in an apartment, condo or other housing where more than one family shares the same garbage and recycling service? Garbage and recycling services in these settings is provided and paid for by property owners. If you’re unsure about what you can throw in recycling, or you need some tips and resources to share with your neighbors, check out the info below.

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WHAT to recycle at your residence



These go in the recycling cart –

  • Bottles – rinse
  • Plastic tubs – rinse, discard lids
  • Plastic buckets – 5 gallons or less, rinse if needed
  • Nursery pots – empty and free of soil

Not allowed in the recycling cart –

  • Hoses, stretchy plastic, plastic bags or plastic wrap, plastic packaging, chemicals or motor oil

Paper & Cardboard

Paper & Cardboard

These go in the recycling cart –

  • Newspaper, magazines, junk mail, phone books, paper bags, cereal boxes, gift and shoe boxes, writing and printing paper.
  • Shredded paper – contain in brown paper bag with the top folded and stapled
  • Milk cartons, drink boxes, soy milk and soup boxes – rinse
  • Cardboard – flatten and cut down to fit inside cart

Not allowed in the recycling cart –

  • To-go containers and cups, paper towels, dirty or food-soiled paper, loose shredded paper, diapers



These go in the recycling cart –

  • Aerosol cans – MUST be empty to recycle, discard lids
  • Aluminum and tin cans – rinse
  • Scrap metal – less than 35 pounds, no larger than 24 inches in any dimension, remove any attached plastic, rubber, or wood. NO automotive parts.

Not allowed in the recycling cart –

  • Propane tanks, auto parts, sharp items, wire clothes hangers, electronics, batteries



All glass bottles and jars belong in the Glass Only bin or cart. It’s important not to put them in the recycling bin because they can break and cause injury to workers plus damage to machinery. And remember, no lids, ceramics, window glass, drinking glasses or incandescent light bulbs. All of these unrecyclable items belong in the garbage (unless they can be donated for reuse). CFLs belong with Household Hazardous Waste.


It’s tempting to put some of these items in the recycle bin, but these items can contaminate the recyclables and should go in the garbage can:

  • Plastic Bags, plastic film and wrappers, plastic packaging
  • To-go containers, soiled paper and single-use items, disposable diapers and sanitary products
  • Foam food packaging or cups
  • Freezer boxes and microwaveables

Bulky Items

Bulky items like mattresses, furniture, shelves and desks cannot be disposed of in the garbage or recycling. Contact your property manager for disposal options.

Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Waste

Do not dispose of these items in the garbage or recycling. All residents can take toxic nasties to a hazardous waste facility where drop off is available most weekends:

  • Automotive products
  • Chemicals
  • Mercury-containing items
  • Medication and sharps

Not sure?

Ask a recycling expert! Call 360-892-5370 or email to clarify if a material can be recycled. It is always best to follow this saying — “if in doubt, leave it out.”

Why does it matter?

Recyclables (except glass) can be mixed together in your recycling cart or recycling dumpster. Mixed recycling goes into the recycle truck together and plastic, paper and metal items are separated by machines and hand-sorting at the recycling facility. Glass should always be recycled separately in your glass recycling cart.

HOW to recycle at your residence

Multifamily communities come in all shapes and sizes: apartments, dormitories, condominiums and more. Follow these steps to recycle right at your community:

  • Locate your nearest recycling area(s). Ask your property manager to show you. Some recycling areas have blue carts for mixed recycling or large blue recycling containers (cages or dumpsters). Be sure to look for a separate green cart for glass recycling.
  • Bring recyclables to the community recycling carts or containers. If you use a plastic bag to carry out recycling, never leave the plastic bag in the mixed recycling — you must empty contents first and either reuse or discard the plastic bag in the trash.
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Handy recycling tips

  • Flatten cardboard boxes before recycling to save space in the recycling container so your neighbors can recycle too
  • Only Loose Recyclables— please do not place bagged recyclables in your recycling container
  • Keep mixed recyclables separated from your garbage.
  • Rinse containers to remove food and loose lids or caps.
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Helpful recycling resources

Need more info?

  • Ask your property manager to show you the garbage and recycling area(s) are on the property.
  • Want to see more recycling at your site? Encourage your property owner or manager to take advantage of free recycling resources today!
  • Want to learn more about recycling?

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