Waste and recycling2

In Clark County, just over 50% of our total garbage is from commercial sources, but much of the waste we send to the landfill is actually recyclable and compostable.  Rethinking waste is an important part of becoming a green business. Green businesses use material resources effectively and set up programs to manage and divert waste appropriately. 

Materials Exchange

Your trash is someone else's treasure. 

Re-using material is the best way to divert waste. Many of our program participants benefit from exchanging material that would otherwise be waste. The ResourceFULL Use Participants list is a great resource to find free, useful material. Here, anyone in the community can post, browse, and arrange meetings to pick up "waste" materials they'd like to use. You can find anything and everything: from pallets to beakers and everything in-between. 

Conducting a waste audit

Put on a pair of gloves; it's time to sort your garbage.

Conducting a waste audit is the best way to determine what your business is throwing away and identify where improvements can be made. Even businesses with recycling programs already in place can be surprised by what their first waste audit reveals. Your first audit will help you set your waste composition baseline, and it is recommended that you conduct an audit at least annually to track your recycling and waste reduction progress. 

Waste audit instructions

Waste audit spreadsheet

Waste and Recycling Assessment

Waste and Recycling (PDF)

Helpful Links

Commercial Recycling in Vancouver and Clark County

EPA's Waste Reduction Model

Free recycling boxes and decals

ResourceFULL Materials Exchange



Danielle Womble - Waste Connections, Inc (360) 449-8393

Sarah Keirns - Clark County Environmental Services (360) 397-2121 ext. 4300

Bob Patterson - Clark County Environmental Services (360) 397-2121 ext. 4493


Become a green business

Learn about how your business impacts the environment and earn recognition for going green.

Featured Fact

In 2010, Clark County workers kept 708 cubic yards of pollutants from entering our stream systems. That's enough to fill 55 large dump trucks.

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