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



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

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


Register for the next Green Business meeting on January 15

Meeting will cover energy use and toxics. Learn from local experts, ask questions, complete steps to become a Clark County Green Business, and network with other business representatives.

Featured Fact

If you stop a faucet from leaking 1 drop each second, you can save more than 2,700 gallons of water in a year.

Upcoming Events

2014-2015 Green Business Meeting Series

December 3 - January 15, 2015
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Local businesses are invited to a series of 3 free meetings starting Nov. 20 to be guided through the process of being verified as a Clark County