Garbage and Recycling

The Solid Waste Division oversees the management of garbage and recycling in Columbia County.

We provide safe, responsible, and economical recycling and disposal services, while respecting the environment and communities we serve.

In addition to operating the Columbia County Transfer Station in St. Helens, the Division plans, organizes, and directs the county's recycling, waste reduction, reuse, and household hazardous waste programs. The Division also administers the county's Solid Waste Management Plan→ and its Solid Waste Ordinance→, as well as solid waste collection franchises (garbage hauling companies) within the unincorporated area of the county. The Vernonia Transfer Station→ is managed by Waste Management and has its own fees and hours→. It is open two Saturdays per month 

Columbia County Transfer Station Information

Need to get rid of stuff? Here's how to do it. Find your hauler, learn about what's accepted at the Columbia County Transfer Station, and get information on fees. 

Residential Curbside Collection

Who's your hauler? What do they pick up? What can you recycle? What do they charge?


How to recycle properly
Depending on where you live and who your hauler is, recycling information varies. the unincorporated areas of Columbia County served by Waste Management and Hudson Garbage Services do follow the same guidelines though. Print out this handy, colorful recycling guide and post it near your bins for easy reference! 

Be a good neighbor!
Report illegally dumped garbage by contacting our DumpStoppers→ program. DumpStoppers works in coordination with Columbia County's Code Enforcement and Community Justice divisions to clean up illegal dumpsites throughout the county. The program responded to more than 50 illegal dumpsite reports and cleaned up 45 sites in 2018. The county spent nearly $3,000 in tipping fees to bring this trash to the transfer station. 

Disposal of medication and sharps
If you have unwanted prescription/over-the-counter medications or use sharps at home, take advantage of the FREE medication disposal and sharps container exchange program→

Household hazardous waste 
Learn about household hazardous waste→ and Columbia County's collection events for county residents throughout the year. Search the schedule→ for an event near you. 

Asbestos Information
Learn about asbestos in household waste, how to remove it, and where to bring it. 

Garbage and Recycling Quick Links
General Information
Phone Numbers
Emergencies: Dial 911
1054 Oregon St.
St. Helens,