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? Use this toolkit to access the many resources available to successfully manage your recycling and garbage systems as well as educate your residents on how to properly use them in order to maintain a cleaner, greener complex.

Are you a resident in an apartment complex that is interested in recycling? Click here.

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

Changing your garbage and/or recycling services

Changing your garbage and/or recycling services

  • Need More or Fewer Pickups? Request changes to your account by contacting Waste Connections.
  • Fill out a contact request form on their website.
  • Mailing/Site Address:
    12115 NE 99th Street
    Suite 1830
    Vancouver, WA 98682

    Phone: 360.892.5370

  • My recycling containers are frequently overflowing. What can I do? You may need more containers or more frequent collection. Having the proper amount of space and number of collections is important for keeping your complex clean and organized. The Container Volume Calculator will assist you in determining the required volumes for garbage, recycling, and glass conainers specific to your apartment complex.

  • Request on-site assistance.
    Right size your services: Professionals will review your current service levels and suggest the appropriate changes for improvment in amount of containers, pick-up frequency, eclosure improvments, and cost savings.
    Staff Training: Free training sessions for your staff is available to help troubleshoot garbage and recycling concerns quickly.

Informing Residents

Informing Residents

  • Update rental agreements. Integrating garbage and recycling into your rental agreement may improve your recycling system. Utilize the agreement to clearly communicate the expectations of the resident to practice proper disposal methods. Managers are welcome to incorporate any of the material from our Sample Lease Agreement. Clark County does not assume liability for any of the content borrowed from this document.

  • Provide a move in tour. Before move-in, walk residents to the areas where they should bring garbage and recyclables. Ensure that tenants know where their recycling/garbage receptacles are located by including a site map with all enclosures marked and includes this in their move-in packet.

  • 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 & Recycling 101. Invite a Recycling Educator to present at your complex during a meeting or special event. Tell your residents about free Recycling101 classes. Classes are hosted regularly by the City of Vancouver and Waste Connections. A schedule including dates, times, and location can be found on the City of Vancouver's website, here.

FREE Apartment Recycling Materials

FREE Apartment Recycling Materials

    Tote Bags, Signs and Decals are provided by Waste Connections at no additional cost. To request any of the following items contact your local Clark County Waste Connections office. Find contact information under the “Changing you garbage and recycling services” drop-down tab.

Printable Recycle Guide for Residents

Printable Recycle Guide for Residents

    This recycle guide is free to download, or hard copies can be requested for free by contacting Waste Connections. These pamphlets are a great resource to handout to new or existing residents. Click here to download and view.

Bulky Item Disposal

Bulky Item Disposal

    Bulky items may occasionally need to be disposed of by residents. This is particularly common during move-in and move-out. Bulky items are generally defined as any item that is too large to fit in your garbage or recycling containers. Common items include furniture, appliances, or automobile tires. Advise your residents not to dump these items in your service area. Instead, recommend these options for bulky item disposal:

    1. Donate for Reuse: Donate unwanted bulky items that are still in good condition to thrift or reuse stores. A comprehensive list of local stores that accept bulky items for donation can be found by searching the RecycleRight directory, using the key word “Bulky Items”.

    2. Drop-off Drop-off bulky items at any of the three Materials Recycling Facilities in Clark County. For information on your local facility visit the Columbia Resource Company website, here.

    3. Request bulky item pick-up from Waste Connections. Request services and receive a price quote by filling out the online form here.

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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.

Contact Waste Connections

RecycleRight Free App
Have recycling information right at your finger tips. Download the free Recycle Right App at the Apple App Store, for iPhones or iPads, or Google Play for android devices. Look for RecycleRight and the familiar Big Blue Recycling Cart icon.

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