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 own or manage an apartment complex, condo or other housing where multiple families share trash and recycling services? There are resources available to save you time, money, and a lot of hassle.

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The 4Cs of Best Management Practices (BMPs) for your property:

Convenience

  • Is the garbage and recycling accessible to all residents? Within 150′ is ideal
  • Choose well-lit and centrally-located collection areas for garbage and recycling containers.
  • Consider these added amenities for your complex: battery recycling, plastic bag recycling, share fairs, tool library, video/book reuse area, etc.

Clarity

  • Labels & Signage: No signs, worn out signs or decals, outdated information? Request FREE wall signs or stickers for your carts or dumpsters. Here are some Waste Connections decals that are available.
  • Are your waste areas well lit? Outdoor depots that are far away from lighting will be dark in the evenings. Indoor lighting that is too dim or insufficient for residents to see can be a barrier.

Co-Location

  • Garbage, recycling and glass located together. Ensure recycling is located as conveniently as garbage.
  • Side-by-side containers make it simple and easy. Use clear signage with pictures showing which items go where.

Capacity

  • Need More or Fewer Garbage Pickups? Find currents garbage rates for Clark County Apartment/Multifamily Services online at Waste Connections
  • Need More Recycling? Recycling carts and containers can be adjusted to fit your needs at no extra cost. 1 recycle cart per 4 units is ideal, though more may be suggested if you have the space and residents are successfully recycling. Recommended capacity is 20 to 48-gallons of recycling per unit.
  • Bulky Item Pickup. Have mattresses, bulky furniture or items that don’t fit in your compactor or garbage dumpster? Schedule a one-time or regular bulky item pick up with Waste Connections.

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Onsite Assistance

  • Right Size Your Services. Waste Connections will review your current service levels for garbage, recycling and glass and can suggest changes for the ideal cost-savings and pickup frequency for your site’s needs. Get tips for improving your garbage and recycling enclosure set up and layout.
  • Build Resiliency. Learn how to be prepared for service delays due to inclement weather or a natural disaster.
  • Staff Training. Free training sessions for your staff (office, maintenance and custodial, others) and on-site help for your staff is available to help troubleshoot garbage and recycling concerns quickly.

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Keeping residents informed

  • Provide a move-in tour. Walk residents to the areas where they should bring garbage and recyclables. Ensure tenants know where recycling/garbage receptacles are located by including a site map with all enclosures marked in your move-in packet. Often, tenants move in and never look for any enclosure other than the closest one. If their closest enclosure is overflowing, ask them to take garbage and recycling to another location.
  • Update rental agreements. Help tenants make the connection between rent and the cost of garbage service. Encourage proper handling of materials by including garbage and recycling best practices in new or renewed rental/lease agreements. Ask tenants to sign an agreement to recycle and add it to the rental contract.
  • Provide Ongoing Education. Remind residents on a regular basis about your community’s recycling program through newsletters, emails, and posted flyers. Consider a Community Green Team made up of residents and staff to address common issues and motivate change.
  • Tenant Recycle Talks. Invite a Waste Connections Recycling Educator to present at your tenant association meetings or special community events.

Changing your garbage / recycling services

  • Need More or Fewer Pickups? Find currents garbage rates for Clark County Apartment/Multifamily Services online at Waste Connections. To request changes to your account contact Waste Connections at 360-892-5370 or email recyclehelp@wcnx.org.
  • My recycling containers are frequently overflowing. What can I do? You may need more containers or more frequent collection. Waste Connections can help you determine the right size and suggest changes to recycling to fit your needs at no extra cost.
  • People often dump garbage on our sites. How do I stop it? Collection areas in open spaces, like parking lots, frequently attract “dump and run” abuse. Keep grounds surrounding enclosures clean. Research shows that when litter is already present in an area, people are more likely to continue to litter. If possible, keep your garbage and recycling area away from the public sightline. Recycling containers can be locked, with keys or combinations provided to residents, to discourage dumping. Waste Connections can come out for a site audit to recommend more solutions.
  • I have a door-step waste removal service provider. Waste Connections can work with you and your waste valet provider to ensure all parties are informed and equipped to improve waste removal practices and assist in delivery of information to residents.

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