Waste Management of Oregon opens
Waste Management of Oregon christened
an expansive and ultra-green
recycling center that will dramatically
increase recycling and reduce
landfill waste across Washington
The recycling center will accept
construction and demolition
castoffs that, in the past,
have ended up in landfills.
It will collect, sort and reclaim
these materials – concrete,
asphalt, wood, and metals –
for use in new ways.
The 65,000-square-foot facility
is central to Waste Management’s
efforts to help local and regional
governments achieve aggressive
new sustainability goals.
This process will result in
important energy savings and
greenhouse gas reductions as
more materials are re-purposed.
Waste Management’s new recycling
center will also deliver significant
energy savings and environmental
benefits resulting from its
innovative and sustainable features.
Designed and constructed to
meet rigorous sustainability
standards known as LEED (Leadership
in Energy and Environmental
Design), the center looks and
operates differently than traditional
Most distinctive is the massive
translucent roof that allows
for natural lighting and reduces
energy consumption. The roof
includes a system to harvest
rainwater and store it for later
use on site. There is also a
powerful ventilation system
that circulates fresh air through
the facility every 10 minutes.
The new facility is a $10 million
investment for Waste Management.
The project involved 100 construction
jobs and has resulted in 20
The new facility is near Hillsboro,
where Waste Management also
operates a landfill and manages
more than 100 acres of certified
wildlife habitat and wetlands.
The site is home to 100 bird
species and mammals, including
great blue heron, deer, beaver,
The landfill is permitted to
accept primarily construction
and demolition debris. It does
not accept household garbage
or hazardous waste.
The new recycling center opened
for commercial and residential
use on July 1.