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Serving Hood River County, Oregon for more than 20 years

Residential Service

After extensive research and planning, the City of Hood River and Hood River Garbage deployed a new solid waste collection service in May 2017

The new 3-roll cart system was chosen because it will: 

  • Increase diversion rates
  • Positively impact the environment
  • Improve public safety
  • Reduce nuisance 

And on March 7, 2019, Hood River Garbage launched a new Residential Schedule lookup tool to make it easy for residents to look up their individual collection schedule.

Residential Container Types (City of Hood River)

For the City of Hood River there are four different residential containers:

Container For Collected
Roll Cart - Black Lid Garbage Every other week
Roll Cart - Green Lid Compost Weekly
Roll Cart - Blue Lid Recycling Every other week
Square Bin - Blue Glass Every other week
New residential containers.

Residential Container Types (Hood River County)

For Hood River County, customers provide their own cans with two handles, a removable lid, and not to exceed 32 gallons. Pictured below: 32 gallon customer provided can (with two handles and a removable lid).

32 gallon customer provided can (with two handles and a removable lid)

Container Set-Out Instructions

The new carts with wheels were chosen to make it easier for residents to move their materials to the curb and reduce injury.  And, the cart sizes and frequency of collection are designed to increase composting and recycling.

  • Set out containers by 7AM on collection day.
  • Place containers within 3 feet of the curb facing the street.
  • Space containers 3 feet apart and 6 feet away from other objects like cars or mail boxes.
Residential collection carts.

What materials go in each container?


Image of garbage items.


  • Coffee cups
  • Facial tissue
  • Freezer boxes
  • Painted or stained wood
  • Paper plates
  • Plastic containers marked compostable
  • Takeout containers
  • Wrappers

Must be bagged

  • Pet waste
  • Cat litter
  • Diapers & hygiene products
  • Sawdust
  • Packaging peanuts
  • Broken glass

Place in sealed container

  • Kitchen fats
  • Oils
  • Grease

Not Allowed in Garbage Carts

  • Antifreeze
  • Appliances
  • Asbestos
  • Ashes (hot or cold)
  • Car batteries
  • Chemicals
  • Dead animals
  • Dirt or rocks
  • Household hazardous waste
  • Liquid paint
  • Medical sharps


Compost every week.

Food Scraps

  • Beans
  • Bread
  • Bones
  • Bread
  • Cheese
  • Coffee grounds
  • Eggshells
  • Fruits
  • Grains
  • Meat
  • Nuts
  • Pasta
  • Poultry
  • Seafood
  • Spoiled food

Yard Debris

  • Flowers
  • Grass
  • Houseplants
  • Leaves
  • Plant clippings
  • Small branches
  • Vines
  • Weeds


Hood River recycling instructions.

Acceptable Recycling (unbagged)


  • Bottles #1 and #2 with a neck (rinse and remove caps)
  • Examples:  beverages, milk jugs, detergent, cleaners


  • Carboard cardboard, flattened (max size 2'x2' square)
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Catalogs
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Office paper, colored paper, note pads, letters, paper bags
  • Paperboard boxes (tissue, shoe, cookie, cereal, crackers (remove liner)
  • Phone books
  • Scrap paper


  • Aluminum and tin cans (rinsed)
  • Aluminum trays (clean)
  • Empty aerosol cans (plastic caps removed)
  • Steel cans (rinsed)

Not Allowed

  • Plastic bags
  • Styrofoam
  • Frozen food boxes
  • Clamshell plastic


Glass items every other week.

Glass Bottles & Jars

  • Mix all colors together
  • Labels are ok
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