Frequently Asked Questions - Clatsop County
- Recycling Guide
- Recycling Accepted Materials and Preparation
- Where are recycling depots located in RWO's service area?
- Why Recycle?
- Reduce and Reuse Tips
- What do you do to encourage kids and educate them about recycling?
- How do I dispose of old paint?
- What can I do with old electronics like TV's and computers?
- Can batteries be thrown in the garbage?
- How can I recycle fluorescent light bulbs?
- What holiday items are recyclable?
- How can I keep my cart odor free?
- Can large items be picked up from my house?
- Is there a weight limit on my can/cart?
- Do you only offer curbside service?
- What do I do if I have extra trash or my can/cart is not picked up?
- Less than Weekly Service Calendars
- How can I start new service, change existing service, or stop my current service?
- Did You Know ...
- What can I do to keep my trash/recycling from blowing around in wind storms?
- What is your holiday service schedule?
- Where is your office located and what are the operating hours?
- What items are not allowed to be placed in your debris boxes?
- Can I get a copy of the Customer Guide?
- What assistance can you provide to help me determine the garbage and recycling needs for my business?
- Hazardous Waste
- Community Outreach
- How can I dispose of Medical Waste (needles) properly?
- What is Astoria Transfer Station?
- Where can I take my yard trimmings and leaves?
- How can I compost at home?
For curbside service, set out your can/carts by 7am on your pick-up day (or the night before). Your actual service time may vary from week to week. Please place your can or cart within 4ft of the curb or road’s edge and 4ft from obstacles, such as cars, trees, basketball hoops and mailboxes.
WEIGHT LIMITS: 32 gallon can = 60 lbs 32 gallon cart = 75 lbs 90 gallon cart = 150 lbs.
Requests for starting new service, changing existing service or stopping your current service can be done in person at our office at 2320 SE 12th Pl, Warrenton OR (view office hours), by calling our offices at (503) 861-0578, or by requesting your start, stop, or change electronically.
If you are unable to put your can or cart out to the curb or would rather not have to, we may be able to walk in or drive in to empty it. This service is popular for second homes and vacation properties. Please be sure your cart is outside of garages, locked gates, and can be seen from the road. This will help ensure great service every time. Contact us for rates
Please place loose items in bags or boxes next to your can/cart on your service day. Additional charges may apply.
If we missed you or if you forgot to put your carts out, contact us and we’ll take care of it. Service fees may apply.
Billing takes place every two months for all residential accounts. The billing period can be found on each current statement. See a sample statement.
If you have an account set up online, you can retrieve previous statements back to the time that the account was set up. If you have not set up an account online, you can contact us for copies of previous statements.
Please contact us to determine the appropriate garbage calendar for your address. If you had the same level of service at the same address last year, the color would remain the same.
Rain, snow, wind… nothing can deter us, but it might delay us by a few hours or even a day. We understand the importance of keeping garbage and recycling from blowing around on stormy days. We have developed several suggestions for customers who need to secure their trash and recycling.
PREPARING FOR A STORM
- Bag all of your trash and tie the bag closed. Recyclables cannot be bagged in plastic bags, but smaller material can be secured inside larger boxes, paper bags, or tubs.
- Subscribe to side yard service; available year-round or just for the winter.
- Don't overload your cart. If the lid is partially open, it will blow open in strong winds.
- Don't put your cart out overnight if the forecast calls for windy and/or stormy weather (Cans/carts do need to be out by 7am on your service day).
SECURE YOUR LID
Place a rock or another large object on top of the can/cart.
We have developed a wind latch to prevent the wind from blowing open the lids of any of our carts. There is a one-time fee of $15.00 (per cart) for the modification.
We can pick up mattresses, TVs, computers, appliances, and more! Just give us a call or send us an email, and we will schedule a time to collect your items from the curb. A service charge and disposal/recycling fee will apply for most items.
- Recology Western Oregon provides collection services to over 33,000 customers in four counties (Clatsop, Polk, Tillamook & Yamhill).
- We handle over 75,000 phone calls and over 2,000 emails from customers every year.
- Our drivers traveled over 990,000 road miles last year.
- Recology Western Oregon is part of one of the largest Employee Owned Companies in the United States.
Cardboard, newspaper, magazines, phone books, cereal boxes, junk mail, envelopes, printer paper, shredded paper (place in paper bags), aluminum cans, tin cans, milk cartons, drink boxes, scrap metal (max. 30 lbs. or 30”), plastic bottles, tubs, cups and buckets.
HOW TO RECYCLE
- Please rinse containers and flatten larger items.
- Acceptable to mix materials loose in the cart.
- Ensure all items are placed inside your cart.
- Set cart out on your service day.
- Motor Oil - Place oil in a clear plastic jug with a tight fittinglid. Set out up to two gallons next to your cart on your service day. Sorry, but this service is not available in Cannon Beach.
NO GLASS: Glass cannot be accepted in the carts. Glass will contaminate the other items in your cart.
NO TRASH, FOOD OR BAGS: No Styrofoam, food waste, toys, packing peanuts, plastic bags, plastic wrap, paper plates or cups, tissue or paper towels.
The recycling symbol with a number in it that you see on many plastic products is called a plastic resin identification code or symbol. As a matter of fact, this symbol was created even before plastics were collected for recycling. The symbol identifies the type of plastic resin used in the product, but it does not necessarily denote whether it is recyclable or not. Plastics are all made of different types of resins, so they have been divided into seven different types that can be identified by the number inside the arrows. Please use our Recycling Guide to see what plastics are included in the RWO recycling program.
Christmas Trees can be disposed of at the Astoria Transfer Station, 1790 Williamsport Rd Astoria (fees may apply), cut into 4' lengths and placed next to your garbage can/cart on your service day for an additional fee, or recycled through various civic groups.
Accepted Materials in Commingling Cart:
- Wrapping Paper
- Paper Gift Bags & Paper Gift Tags
- Greeting Cards & Envelopes
- Cardboard Boxes, Shoe Boxes, Clothing Boxes & Gift Boxes
- Wrapping Paper Tubes
- Gift Tins
- Broken Metal Toys
- Other metal (less than 30lbs & 30")
Materials NOT Acceptable in Commingling Cart:
- Plastic Wrapping Paper, Foil Stamped Wrapping Paper
- Plastic Bags, Plastic Gift Bags, Plastic Pillow Packaging & Bubble Wrap
- Tissue Paper
- Ribbons, Bows, Streamers & Glitter
- Broken Plastic Toys
- Styrofoam block & Styrofoam Packing Peanuts
- Christmas Trees, Garland & Wreaths
- Broken Decorations, Outdoor Lights & Anything Made of Glass
- Save Natural Resources
Trees that are grown for paper are a renewable resource; oil for plastics and the ores for making metals are not.
- Protect the Environment
Manufacturing processes that use recycled materials use less energy and create less pollution compared to the refining and processing of raw materials.
- Save Landfill Space
Only items that cannot be re-used or recycled should be thrown away.
- Lower your Garbage Bill
By creating less garbage, you may be able to change to a smaller container or change to less-than-weekly service, which should lower your bill.
|ASTORIA:||Astoria Transfer Station, 1790 Williamsport Rd|
|ASTORIA:||Sunset Empire Transit Mall, 900 Marine Dr (Glass only)|
|CANNON BEACH:||City of Cannon Beach Public Works, East end of E 2nd St|
|GEARHART:||698 Pacific Way (Glass and Yard Debris, Gearhart residents only)|
||Warrenton Community Library, 861 Pacific Dr (Glass only)|
|SEASIDE:||Aldermill & Ave S|
|WARRENTON:||North end of the Public Works Maint. yard (Glass only)|
Fluorescent lights contain small amounts of mercury and can be dangerous when handled or disposed of improperly. Fluorescents can be recycled for free at Home Depot in Warrenton, brought in to a Household Hazardous Waste event, or you can purchase a Recycling Kit for your tubes or bulbs online at www.ecolights.com! The kit will be delivered to your home, and you can simply mail it back to Eco-Lights when it is full!
To help protect our drivers and the environment, Recology does not accept Fluorescent bulbs or tubes in the garbage. Please recycle these bulbs!
Cleaning products, paints, pesticides and other chemicals can be dangerous if not disposed of properly. You should never dispose of your household toxic products down the sink drain, on the ground, down a storm drain, or in your garbage can.
Recology partners with Clatsop County to hold free household hazardous waste collection events. For more information, call Clatsop County Evnironmental Health at 503-325-8500, or visit their website at www.co.clatsop.or.us.
When visiting events please keep items in original containers, do not mix chemicals, and load items securely in your vehicle away from passengers and pets. Please do not bring ammunition, fireworks or explosives (contact your local police for disposal), radioactive materials such as smoke detectors (contact us for information on disposing of these items; most companies offer mail-back programs), medical waste or sharps (click here for proper disposal information).
The Paint Product Stewardship Program is a pilot project to provide a system to collect unwanted paint products for recycling/disposal. You can drop off interior and exterior paints, coatings, and sealers as well as some other products at these locations:
City Lumber Co.
2142 Commercial Street
3527 Highway 101 N
Check out this website www.paintcare.org to find other participants by zip code.
Alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 9-Volt, etc) can currently go in the trash. However, they may also be disposed of at a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event. All rechargeable batteries from camera, cell phones, and laptops can be recycled with computers and electronics at Astoria Transfer Station as well as automotive batteries.
Some long-life batteries (Ni-Cad, NMH, and Lithium) contain heavy metals and should be brought to a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event or taken to the Astoria Transfer Station throughout the year.
Some electronics or hardware stores may also accept batteries for recycling. If you are unsure about a particular battery, contact us and we will help you out.
Drop off your yard waste at Astoria Transfer Station, 1790 Williamsport Rd, Astoria.
Acceptable Yard Debris:
- Fruit and Vegetables
- Tree Trimmings
- Stumps (no dirt)
- Anything organic that grows in the ground
Unacceptable in Yard Debris:
- Pet Waste
- Flower Pots
Current RWO customers living within the city limits of Astoria, Gearhart, and Cannon Beach can bring their clean yard trimmings to Astoria Transfer Station at no charge. Customers pay for this program as part of their collection service. Fees apply for all others.
Service occurs as usual on every holiday except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We take these two days off, so service will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week. If Christmas falls on a weekend, there will be no change in the pickup schedule. Our office and the Astoria Transfer Station are closed on most holidays, but you can email us or leave us a voice message anytime. We do our best to respond to all messages during the next business day. View Holiday Schedule by location
2320 SW 12th Place
Warrenton, OR 97146
8am to 4pm, closed for lunch from 12pm to 1pm, Monday through Friday
Astoria Transfer Station
(Recycling Depot & Transfer Station)
1790 Williamsport Rd
Astoria, OR 97103
8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday
Too Much Stuff?
We can help! Visit the transfer station located at 1790 Williamsport Rd, Astoria. We provide the opportunity to recycle wood, scrap metal, cardboard and more from loads of trash. A nice place to dump your trash ... without throwing it all away!
The Astoria Transfer Station accepts trash, tires, wood, appliances, electronics, car batteries, and more. Fees apply for most items. It is located at 1790 Williamsport Rd, Astoria.
Contact us for more information.
We offer a variety of waste audit consulting services at no charge to customers, including help with enclosure design and container size, frequency and recycling services that work best for you. We are here to help - just contact us.
- GO BOX-LESS!
Choose products with minimal packaging. Many convenience items create more waste than the economy size. Buying in bulk can help you get the biggest bang for your buck.
- SELL OUT!
Have a garage sale, donate to a local charity thrift shop, or post items online.
- SAY NO TO WRAP!
Give gifts of time, services, or home-baked goodies this year! For kids, try a membership to a zoo or museum.
- EAT IN!
Resist the fast food solution. Keep a few easy-to-make dinner ideas handy. Make double portions and freeze the rest for later.
- BLOCK JUNK MAIL!
To help stem your tide of junk mail, visit www.junkmailstopper.com for ways to remove your name from several national mailing lists.
Composting your yard trimmings and kitchen scraps is a great way to help your plants and reduce the amount of waste you generate.
HOW TO MAKE COMPOST
- Build or buy a compost bin, or just make a pile. Recology sells the Earth Machine compost bin at cost, or you can search on the Internet for other models.
- Mix two parts greens (grass, leaves and flowers) to one part browns (dry leaves, sticks and twigs).
- Some kitchen scraps are acceptable (vegetable and fruit peels, eggshells, coffee grounds, etc.). Do not use meat or dairy products - these can attract rodents, flies, and cause bad odors.
- Turn and water regularly; keep your pile moist (like a damp sponge), and move the material around using a pitchfork or shovel.
WHY USE COMPOST?
Compost increases water retention, decreases the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and helps keep a useful resource from going to waste.
Limited space? Check out vermicomposting
Oregon E-Cycles is a free recycling program for computers, monitors and TVs. The program is financed by electronics manufacturers with oversight from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Drop off electronics at the Astoria Transfer Station recycling depot, located at 1790 Williamsport Rd. For large quantities, please call us to schedule an appointment. It may also be possible to have items collected from your site.
ACCEPTED ELECTRONICS INCLUDE
- Desktop and laptop computers (erase or destroy hard drives)TVs and monitors (regardless of age or working condition)
- Keyboards and mice
- Speakers and Printers
- DVD players and VCRs,
TVs, computers, monitors, and laptops are PROHIBITED from the landfill, so please do NOT place them in the trash.
IN THE CLASSROOM…
We can provide your class with presentations, books, videos or lesson plans regarding waste reduction, reusing products and materials, recycling or any other energy or resource conservation topic.
ON THE BUS…
We also offer tours of our facilities – we can even reimburse your school for the cost of the bus and driver!
OR ON THE WALL…
We sponsor an annual poster contest in November to celebrate Recycling Awareness Week. Prizes are awarded for the top three posters in each age group. Teachers whose students submit posters are entered in a drawing for a $100 gift certificate for school supplies!
WE CAN DO IT ALL!
For more information, call 503.861.0578 or email email@example.com.
RECOLOGY IN THE COMMUNITY
We love being part of the communities we serve. We assemble teams to help with community service projects and participate in parades. We also provide garbage and recycling services at many community festivals and special events!
WE SUPPORTED OVER 150 CAUSES LAST YEAR, INCLUDING…
- Education Foundations
- City Clean-ups
- Downtown Associations
- Summer Movie Nights
- Parent-Teacher Organizations
- Fourth of July Celebrations
- School Sports Programs
- Farmers’ Markets
- Chambers of Commerce
- Parks and Recreation Programs
- Summer Camps for Kids
- Assistance and Resource Centers
- City Festivals
- Special Education Programs
- Art Associations
- Non-profit Clinics
- Children's Centers
- Hospital Foundations
- Service Organizations
- Fire Departments
- Healthcare Charities
- Food and Clothing Drives
- Music Festivals
- Children’s Programs
- Historical Societies
- Community Theatres
- Earth Day Activities
- School Music Programs
- County Fairs
- Animal Shelters
- Beach Clean-ups
- Art & Crafts Festivals
- Scholarship Programs
- School Supplies Drives
- Reading Programs