New Solid Waste & Recycling Collection Rates Approved by City Council Effective September 1, 2012.
Recycling and solid waste services in the City of Hillsboro are provided by six private haulers . City Ordinance #5763 contains details of the franchise system. Each hauler provides services to a specific geographic area of the city, as defined in Attachment D of the Ordinance. The purpose of the franchise system is to ensure that all City residents and businesses are charged the same rates for services, regardless of where they live or work. Also, clear boundaries make services more efficient with fewer trucks on city streets.
See a map of city hauler boundaries. The six franchised waste haulers are:
The City's system is "pay as you throw", which allows customers to reduce their garbage fee as they increase their recycling.
Click here for information related to inclement weather garbage/recycling service interruptions.
Make your recycling efforts count!
Know when to DROP IT IN, KEEP IT OUT or PLACE IT ON THE SIDE
DROP IT IN - Place these items in your recycling roll cart
Paper & Cardboard: junk mail, envelopes, newspapers, magazines, copier paper, greeting cards, paper egg cartons, paper tubes, cereal boxes, corrugated cardboard (flatten)
Milk Carton & Drink Boxes
Rinse clean and drip dry (do not include plastic straws)
Metal & Spray Cans
Aluminum, tin, steel, clean scrap metal (including foil, bolts and metal hangers), empty aerosol cans (remove cap)
Rigid Plastic Bottles & Containers
Bottles & tubs 6 ounces or larger, milk containers, margarine, cottage cheese, yogurt tubs, rigid bucket (5 gallons or less - handles okay), rigid plastic plant pots 4 inches or larger
PLACE IT ON THE SIDE - Place these items next to your roll cart in the red bin
Glass bottles & jars rinsed clean and lids removed
Motor Oil pour into a clear plastic container with a screw-on lid
KEEP IT OUT - Roll cart recycling contaminants
Glass put in the red bin next to your roll cart
Plastic Bags bubble wrap, plastic or shrink wrap
Disposable Drink Cups coffee and cold beverage cups
Containers motor oil pesticide, herbicide or other hazardous material
Lids, Caps & Corks
Dishware & Drinking Glasses
Plastic drinking cups, toys, containers less than 6 ounces, hoses & hangers
Styrofoam block & packaging peanuts
Apparel shoes, purses, belts, clothing
Electronics Computers & printers
CD, DVD, jewel cases, VHS tapes and cassettes
Hazardous Material batteries, lawn chemicals
Take-Out Food Containers or clean deli/bakery containers
Packaging clear, molded plastic packaging
Many of these items can be recycled just not in your roll cart. To find a recycler for items that are not accepted in your roll cart, call the Metro Recycling Information Hotline at (503) 234-3000.
If you need an additional recycling roll cart contact your hauler for an extra container free of charge.
More resources for recycling at home
More resources for recycling at work
City and Intel Collaborate on Food Waste Reduction Pilot
Food service staff at two Intel business dining facilities in Hillsboro tracked all pre-consumerfood waste on a daily basis for one year, with a goal to prevent and minimize food waste. Inone year, the facilities reduced their food waste by nearly 50%, amounting to an estimated reduction of 61,932 pounds of food and 11.36 pounds of MTCO2e in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as well as over $60,000! Download the report.
The project was also covered in the Fall/Winter 2010 edition of the Washington County Cooperative Recycling Program's Recycle at Work Business Bulletin.