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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  • Multi-family residence recycling

    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

    Plastics

    Plastics

    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

    Metal

    Metal

    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

    Glass

    Glass

    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.

    Garbage

    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 RecycleHelp@wcnx.org 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.
  • Property manager recycling resources

    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.

  • Opt out of junk mail to cut paper waste

    Credit card offers, catalogs, coupon booklets, flyers and phone books, multiple phone books. While all these things can be recycled, if you didn’t want them in the first place, a better way to deal with them is to take your name off their mailing or delivery list. There are several companies that offer an ‘opt out’ service.

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    Opt Out — Marketing Junk Mail

    You can have your name removed from marketing mailing lists by contacting the Direct Marketing Association (DMA). Visit the DMA's website at dmachoice.thedma.org, by email to consumer@the-dma.org or by telephone at (212) 768-7277. Online registration is free. If you don’t have internet access, the Direct Marketing Association also offers a mail-in option for residents. To register by mail, for a $1 charge, you can enter up to three individuals at the same address. Include your complete mailing address and a check or money order for $1, and mail to DMAchoice, Direct Marketing Association, PO Box 643, Carmel, NY 10512.

    Opt Out — Telephone Directory

    You can opt out of receiving a telephone directory at yellowpagesoptout.com. It may take up to 12 weeks for the selections to be accepted by the publisher’s internal systems. Note: Directory publishers listed on the site generally do not accept opt-out requests from third parties or websites proclaiming to submit such requests on your behalf. Protect your personal information by using the website to work directly with the directory publishers.

    Opt Out — Catalog Choice

    Catalog Choice offers a basic service to opt out of unwanted catalogs, coupons, credit card offers, and circulars delivered to your home or business for free. Additional services are available for a fee. Visit their website to learn more: catalogchoice.org.

    Opt Out — Junk Faxes and more

    Unsolicited advertisements sent to your fax machine are sometimes called “junk faxes.” In most cases, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and Junk Fax Prevention Act prohibit sending junk faxes. To stop unwanted junk faxes, unwanted calls, text or robocalls, go to the FCC’s website at fcc.gov/stop-unwanted-calls.

  • Multifamily recycling landing page


    Single-Family Recycling

    Want to learn more about which recyclables go in your Big Blue Recycling Cart? Check out all the recycling resources we have available

    Learn about what materials can be recycled in your Big Blue recycling cart


    Multifamily Recycling

    Do you live in an apartment, condo or other housing where more than one family shares the same garbage and recycling service?

    Learn about recycling at apartments, condos or other multifamily residences

    Get garbage and recycling resources for property owners or managers


    Single-Family Recycling

    Want to learn more about which recyclables go in your Big Blue Recycling Cart? Check out all the recycling resources we have available

    Learn about what materials can be recycled in your Big Blue recycling cart


    Multifamily Recycling

    Do you live in an apartment, condo or other housing where more than one family shares the same garbage and recycling service?

    Learn about recycling at apartments, condos or other multifamily residences

    Get garbage and recycling resources for property owners or managers