Green Neighbors Program

The Clark County Green Neighbors Program is coordinated by Clark County Public Health’s 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.

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Big Blue is for a mix of recyclable materials. Accepted plastic, paper and metal are collected together in Big Blue and are separated at the Material Recovery Facility (MRF). Multifamily complexes may have a blue dumpster in place of Big Blue. Either way it is really important to recycle the correct items 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. And please, NO plastic bags, glass or shredded paper.

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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 – clean

paper for big bluePaper & Cardboard:

  • Newspaper, magazines, junk mail, phone books, paper bags, cereal boxes, gift and shoe boxes, writing and printing paper.
  • Cartons (i.e. soy milk and soup boxes) – rinse
  • Cardboard – remove tape, flatten and cut down to fit inside cart


  • Aerosol cans – MUST be empty to recycle, discard lidsmetals for big blue
  • 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.
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