Local Resources in Washington County, Oregon
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- Brookwood and Shute Park Library of Things (Hillsboro) - Check out items such as sewing machines, bake-ware, instruments, and games instead of buying your own.
- Washington County Libraries - All area libraries checkout books, movies, and music and offer free events for children and adults. There are also many online learning and research resources for library card holders.
- Habitat for Humanity ReStore (Beaverton and Forest Grove) - These are great sources of lumber, tools, and furnishings.
- GoodWill and Salvation Army Stores - There are numerous Washington County locations for donating and purchasing cooking supplies, clothing, furniture, and many other goods including electronics and toys.
- Repair Fairs (Washington County and Portland Metro region) - Bring items to be repaired by volunteers at no charge. This includes small appliances, clothing, and small furniture.
- Washington County Bicycle Transportation Coalition (Hillsboro)- Donate, repair, or purchase used bicycles.
- Recology Organics (formerly Nature's Needs) (North Plains) - Purchase compost made from yard trimmings, municipal organics, and land clearing materials.
- Rooster (Beaverton/Hillsboro) - Rooster is an online local sharing community where neighbors share free resources. No sales are allowed. Sign up with your email and receive postings from neighbors with offers and requests - from giving away or looking for unused goods to borrowing items, swapping services, or sharing rides. It started in Portland and is available only in select cities, including Beaverton and Hillsboro.
- Nextdoor - Nextdoor is a social networking community for neighborhoods. Members can post items for sale as well as free items. Events and other information can be shared, such as posts for lost pets and suspicious neighborhood activity.
- Buy Nothing (Banks/Buxton, Beaverton, Cornelius/Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood) - Buy Nothing is a closed facebook group for people in your local area. There is no buying or selling, it is strictly a gift economy.
- Washington County Recyling Info - Includes info on 'What to recycle and where', which can be downloaded as an app on your smart phone or tablet.
- Far West Recycling (Hillsboro) - Drop off items that don't get picked up at your residence, including worn out clothing and shoes, appliances, cooking oil, and electronic waste such as cords and computers. Items taken: Metal items Plastics Paper Electronics Other Materials
- Agilyx (Tigard) - Drop off polystyrene (styrofoam) #6 recycling including meat trays, block foam, foam egg cartons, clamshells and coffee cups. Their drop boxes are available 24 hours. Plastic cold drink cups, see through clamshells, and coffee lids can be taken if bagged separately and if they have the #6 resin code. Brittle plastic silverware (they break when you bend them) can also be taken even though they do not typically have #6 marked on them.
- Bottle Drop (Beaverton, Forest Grove and Tigard) - Redeem your bottles and cans in dedicated facilities for this purpose. It pays to create an account in order to get 20% more on your returned items at participating stores.
- UPS and other mail stores - Drop off your packing peanuts and other packaging supplies for reuse. Some stores only take the type they sell, so call ahead for non-UPS stores. Postal Works in Tanasbourne area also reuses packaging supplies.
- Ecobinary (Beaverton) and Computer Drive Connection (Cornelius) accept computer and electronic related equipment and components for reuse and recycling. Check their web sites for details.
Good blogs and info
- Portland Metro - Recycling and reuse information including reducing chemical exposure (Healthy Home) and Native Plants.
- Master Recycler Program - Attend the 8 week Master Recycler program and learn about current sustainability practices. Then volunteer to share your knowledge with the community and help promote a more sustainable way of living.
- The Story of Stuff - An online community dedicated to creating a healthier world.
- Simple Up - Learn techniques to simplify your life by following this blog by a Portland Master Recycler.
- Shake & Fold - Learn how to reduce paper towel use in public restrooms.
- Many online retailers sell used goods, such as Facebook Marketplace, Amazon, Ebay, and Craigslist. Refurbished electronics are now even available online at OfficeDepot.com with 1 year warranties.