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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  • Recycling A–Z

  • What goes in Big Blue?

    Big Blue is for mixed recycling materials. They all go into the truck together and are separated both mechanically and by hand-sorting at the recycling facility. It is really important to have the correct items placed in the cart for recycling and it is also important for them to be clean. Contaminants, in the form of either unrecyclable materials or food residue, can result in an entire load being sent to the landfill. When in doubt, throw it out. Items smaller than your fist will most likely not make it through the sorting equipment and will end up being trash so it is easier for everyone if you just throw them away to begin with. And please, NO plastic bags.

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    plastics for big bluePlastics:

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

    paper for big bluePaper & Cardboard:

    • 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

    metals for big blueMetal:

    • 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.
  • Recycling Day Events

    Recycling day events are over for 2017

    In the summer months, Clark County, the cities of Battle Ground, Camas, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver and Washougal and the town of Yacolt host Recycling Day Events where residents can bring hard-to-recycle items for free. The events will give Clark County residents an opportunity to manage a variety of special wastes through reuse and/or recycling (see below). 

    To learn where to bring recyclables year-round, use the Recycling A-Z Directory.


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