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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  • You can help

    We all play a role in keeping those waters clean in our everyday actions at home, work, school and play. Simple stewardship actions can help keep pollution from reaching our waterways. In Clark County, our stormwater drains go directly to stormwater facilities or the creeks themselves. It is important to realize what could get into a storm drain, besides rain water. Learn more to make sure your everyday actions are protecting our watershed. 

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    Pick up pet waste

    Pet waste left on the ground can be washed into storm drains that lead directly to our streams and wetlands. This waste carries harmful bacteria, which can affect the health of aquatic wildlife, ourselves and our children.

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    Fix auto leaks

    If you see discoloration (like a rainbow) in the water running down the street during a rainstorm, there is pollution up stream. Check your vehicle for leaks and get it fixed. When your car leaks fluids, it is often a sign of a larger problem that can lead to major engine damage and possibly an expensive repair bill.

    Oil and other vehicle fluids from cars are toxic. Fix your leak so that vehicle fluids don’t end up in puddles where kids and pets like to play!

    Vehicles drip millions of quarts of motor oil into the Columbia River basin every year. Oil and other petroleum products can harm wildlife and habitat. When it rains, stormwater runoff carries pollution to creeks, streams and rivers.

    Only rain down the drain

    In your neighborhood, streets drain downhill to a storm drain. These drains are connected to pipes that carry the water to a local creek, stream or river. It is important to remember that we need to keep all contaminants and pollution OUT of the storm drains.

    Make sure you properly dispose of waste materials like paint or motor oil. Many of these items can be recycled or reused. Also keep soaps, herbicides and pesticides out of water by following directions on the product labels and not using on hard surfaces that can wash to the drain.

    Help educate your neighbors by volunteering to mark a message on your neighborhood’s drain “Protect Water – Only Rain in Drain.” Clark County loans out stencil kits for free! These are a great community service, school or scout project.

    Water wise farms

    If you are a small acreage or farm property owner, there are number of steps you can take to protect the health of your property and your watershed. Our partner at WSU Extension hosts workshops on topics to benefit your property, such as understand your soils, managing stormwater runoff and tips for healthy animals.

    Your landscape is part of the solution

    Everyone loves a lush lawn, beautiful plants and a healthy hard for you to call home. There are lots of great ideas to help you protect stormwater runoff from pollution while creating your dream landscape. Learn about Grasscycling, use of native plants, healthy plant care, gardening tips, and water conservation techniques.

  • Plastics

    Not all plastics are created equal.

    Not all plastics are recyclable.

    Know the items, not the materials.

     

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    Just focus on the item, not the type of plastic

    It is more important to follow the pdfRecycling Instructions from Waste Connections than to try to find out what exact plastic types are recyclable in your cart. When deciding if you should put something into your recycling cart, the object size and shape are often more important than the material type. Sorting machines are designed to expect certain objects, of which are made of the desired material for recycling.

    The first process in the life of your recyclables is as follows:

    1. You put a recyclable in your cart
    2. The truck picks up the recyclable
    3. The truck dumps the load at a Materials Reclamation Facility (MRF)
    4. The MRF sorts and bales the recyclables
    5. The MRF sells the bales to recyclers for creating recycled products or further sorting

    Your help is wanted! The MRF is designed to recognize objects that are on the Recycling Instructions; the MRF is not designed to be able to identify the material an object is made from. Because of that, objects that are not on the instructions can cause havoc on the machines and shut down the recycling process. Some of these items are recyclable elsewhere, but since they were improperly placed in a curbside recycling cart they now will end up at the landfill, or contaminate good recyclables causing them to go to the landfill too. Do your part, and recycle right.

    Numbers, i.e. Resin Codes

    The ASTM International Resin Identification Coding System (RIC) was originally developed by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association (SPI) in 1988 to identify the plastic resin used to make a product. This was helpful for recycler companies, but was never meant for consumers or residents for recycling. Commonly seen as a triangular symbol made of chasing arrows with a number in the center, the resin code is often confused with the recycling symbol. In 2013, SPI announced that resin codes will start to use a solid equilateral triangle (without the arrows), with a number still in the center, to eliminate this common mix-up with the public.

    Resin Code Plastic Type Curbside Recyclables Non-recyclable examples
     1 polyethylene terephthalate (PET) Soda/beverage bottles Fleece, strapping, tote bags, furniture, chairs, carpet, cups
     2 high-density polyethylene (HDPE) Detergent bottles, milk jugs Pipe, bins, auto and playground equipment, plastic bags
     3 polyvinyl chloride (PVC)   Pipe, siding, fencing, flooring, shower curtains, lawn chairs, toys
     4 low-density polyethylene (LDPE)   Plastic bags, 6-pack rings, various containers
     5 polypropylene (PP)   Auto parts, food containers, dishware
     6 polystyrene (PS)   Styrofoam, plastic utensils and trays, cassettes, clamshell containers, packing peanuts
     7 Other, including acrylic, nylon, polycarbonate, fiberglass, and polylactic acid (PLA)   Headlight lenses, safety shields/glasses, Plexiglass, eyeglass and contact lenses, paint, stockings, toothbrushes, DVD/CDs, etc.

    Did you know it is State law for plastic products to have a resin code? 39 states have such a law. Under the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 70.95F, Labeling of Plastics, “no person may distribute, sell, or offer for sale in this state a plastic bottle or rigid plastic container unless the container is labeled with a code identifying the appropriate resin type used to produce the structure of the container.”

  • Safe disposal

    Take it to the transfer station!

    Clark County residents can dispose of household hazardous waste such as paints, pesticides, poisons, automotive fluids and chemicals at the three transfer stations in Clark County on most Fridays and weekends for FREE.

    Residents can drop of household hazardous waste at the following locations and times (business-generated hazardous waste will not be accepted at these sites):

    Central Transfer Center Station
    11034 N.E. 117th Ave.
    (360) 256-8482
    Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    West Van Recovery Center
    6601 N.W. Old Lower River Road
    (360) 737-1727
    Friday and Saturday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Washougal Transfer Station
    4020 S. Grant St
    (360) 835-2500
    Third Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    There are also twelve paint stores in Clark County that accept used or leftover paint:

    • Ace Hardware, 13009 NE Hwy 99, Vancouver
    • Ace Hardward, 1605 W Main Street, Battle Ground
    • Filbin's Ace Hardward, 809 NE Minnehaha St, Vancouver
    • Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 10811 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver
    • Miller Paint, 14300 NE 20th Ave., Vancouver
    • Miller Paint, 11717 NE 78th Way, Vancouver
    • Miller Paint, 2607 NE Andresen Rd., Vancouver
    • Miller Paint, 111 NE 164th Ave., Vancouver
    • North County Hardware, 40600 NE 221st Ave., Amboy
    • Parkrose Hardware, 16509 SE 1st St., Vancouver
    • Parkrose Hardware, 8000 E Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver
    • Rodda Paint and Décor, 7723 NE 4th Plain Blvd., Vancouver

    Guidelines for dropping off hazardous waste 

    DO:

    • Keep HHW products separate (do not mix).
    • Bring products in their original containers when possible.
    • Seal products to prevent leaks and spills.
    • Keep products away from the driver and passengers, i.e., in a trunk, truck bed, or trailer.
    • Keep children and pets away from collection sites and events.

    DO NOT:

    • Exceed 25 gallons or 220 pounds of HHW at fixed HHW collection facilities (okay at the satellite collection events)
    • Bring asbestos, explosives/ammunition, or radioactive materials