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Commercial Drop Boxes For Construction Recycling

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Rental Drop Box Rolling Off TruckConstruction projects generate an awful lot of recoverable waste. For example, the building/renovation of an average 2,000 square foot home can produce 8,000 pounds of excess material. Much of that material, which includes packaging, lumber, masonry aggregate and appliances can be recycled or re-used, but it usually gets hauled to the landfill.

Sometimes, materials can simply be re-used in the way they were intended. Other times they can be reconstituted into other products or even donated to nonprofit organizations, which prevents clogging up landfills and supports a good cause.

The good news is, Gresham Sanitary Service rents drop boxes of all sizes for waste and recycling on construction sites and in other commercial areas. We can roll off your unit just about anywhere you choose, you can keep it as long as you need*, and we’ll pick it up when your project is finished.

Below are just a few of the materials that can be recycled in our drop boxes, and a few other options for re-use and donation.


Untreated wood and lumber scraps can be used for energy recovery. We accept all kinds of untreated lumber in our drop boxes for reprocessing, but if you have any larger pieces left over they can be donated to groups like Habitat for Humanity and  The Rebuilding Center.


You can recycle bricks, concrete and other masonry aggregate in our 10 yard drop boxes  Used concrete can also serve as pieces of a landscaping wall.

Cardboard and Paper

When recycling paper products it’s important to have it separated and stored in a dry place, such as a covered drop box. To cut back on cardboard mass, avoid products with excessive packaging.

Asphalt Roofing

Asphalt shingles can be placed in our drop boxes and reconstituted as road paving and patching material. However, if you have any shingles left over in full bundles, they can also be donated.

We will also accept separated dirt and rock, sod, and yard debris for recycling.


What we can’t accept in our drop boxes for reclamation could possibly be placed in a drop box for disposal. However, gently used construction materials like cabinets, sinks, bathtubs, light fixtures, hardware, nails, plumbing fittings and other supplies are all accepted by the organizations mentioned above.


A critical factor in recycling construction waste is on-site separation. In fact, we offer special discounted rates for clean, separated loads of recyclables. So, it’s important to have drop boxes for different materials clearly labeled. This will take some extra effort and training of personnel at first, but once these habits are established, on-site separation of recoverable materials can be done at little or no additional cost.

It may also be important to have drop boxes that protect recyclables from rain or containers that can be locked to prevent tampering.

If you’re in need of commercial drop boxes for construction waste and recycling, contact Gresham Sanitary Service today. Call 503-665-2424, use our contact form, or send an email to

* Rental fees may apply.

How China’s Green Fence Is Effecting The U.S. Trash Trade

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

China's Green FenceBig changes in China are making a serious impact on the trash and recycling trade in the U.S..

Many people are surprised to find out that the majority of the plastic, paper, and aluminum that we separate from the trash here In America gets shipped to China to be recycled. It’s a large part of our country’s trade economy and was worth more than $11 billion in 2011, making it our top export to China that year. Large Chinese corporations and mom-and-pop shops alike buy the recyclables we toss out and use them to manufacture all kinds of products that they, in turn, sell and distribute worldwide. Other countries in Europe have been sending their recyclables to China as well.

However, the endless bales of recyclable materials that are shipped across oceans to China for processing often contain bits of contaminating food scraps, trash, and even medical waste. For years, the Chinese government has overlooked this problem and their customs officials have been unclear on what the rules actually were. (more…)

CNG Trucks: A Natural Choice for Waste Disposal

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Everyone has a role to play in keeping our environment clean. Yes, we all should be making wise decisions in regards to minimizing waste and maximizing our recycling

efforts. However, those of us in the waste disposal business have a particularly important role to play.That’s why Gresham Sanitary is proud to be playing our part in the promising trend of converting to work trucks that run on  natural gas. In fact, we recently added a second Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) truck to our garbage fleet. You can read more about our story and the local movement to improve work truck emissions at Ecotrope, a blog from Oregon Public Broadcasting.Sure, businesses like ours have economic incentives, in the literal sense through Oregon’s new alternative fuel incentive program and fuel cost savings (natural gas is currently cheaper than diesel). But there are other benefits that have current and future implications for all of us:

– Natural gas trucks are quieter. That means less noise in your neighborhood!

– There’s less air pollution. Since natural gas is cleaner, it emits less air particulates, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide.

Natural gas isn’t the perfect environmental solution, but it is certainly a significant step in the right direction.

Gresham Sanitary Services Utilizes New Truck Fueled By Natural Gas

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Gresham Sanitary Service (GSS) is proud to announce the use of a new truck fueled by compressed natural gas that will be utilized in their commercial hauling division.

Gresham Sanitary Service has been serving Oregon recycling and trash customers since 1948, GSS has always been committed to using modern efficiency based technology. The new truck utilizes GPS, and the latest in telephone, telecommunications, and computer-based equipment, however GSS still remains committed to its core purpose, to professionally and individually meet the needs of their customers in an honest, fair and cost effective manner.

Gresham Sanitary has been recognized as the first trash hauler in the state of Oregon to have a truck using an environmentally friendly alternative to diesel fuel. Running the trucks on compressed natural gas is a much more environmentally clean alternative. Today’s trends are moving towards more eco-friendly or green solutions, and Gresham Sanitary Service is leading the trend. This effort towards eliminating harmful fossil fuels helps the community reach its sustainability goals.

Matt Miller states, “We are very happy to be the first trash hauler in the state of Oregon to have a truck using compressed natural gas as fuel. This brings our company and community closer to becoming more eco-friendly, and helping the environment.

The new compressed natural gas truck is the first step in growing GSS’s entire fleet of disposal trucks to this more sustainable and environmentally friendly fuel source.


Gresham Sanitary Service was founded in 1948 by Carl Lehl and his son, Harlen. Gresham Sanitary Service deals with waste disposal, recycling, compost, and preventing waste for Gresham, Oregon. Gresham Sanitary is now rapidly adding commercial, industrial, and multi-family customers in Portland and Multnomah County.


For More Information Contact:
Matt Miller, General Manager
Gresham Sanitary Services
T: 503-665-2424

Port of Portland announces their partnership with GSS as their Compost, Recycling & Trash Hauler.

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Gresham Sanitary Service White Waste truckWe have been recognized at as the first trash hauler in the state of Oregon to have a truck using compressed natural gas as fuel! Outfitting our trucks with CNG fuel was a very important decision that we made. Since we want to help the environment it seemed like making a truck that will run on clean-burning alternative fuel was the best move we could make – And we were definitely right about that! The new truck has worked out very well. It runs efficiently, uses a clean-burning energy source that is environmentally friendly, and out-does anything anyone else in the area has done with their waste management or garbage hauling trucks.


All in all we are very happy and excited about the new truck, and to be featured on Port of Portland is just the icing on the cake.

Check out our blog article about the garbage truck enthusiast– It has footage from the street that shows our truck in action!



Garbage Truck Enthusiast Captures Our New Truck on Video in Portland

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Seems we’ve found someone who enjoys our garbage trucks almost as much as we do! We happened upon this the other day on YouTube and thought it was worth sharing so that people can see our trucks in action from a camera on the street.

In the video description he states that this is Gresham Sanitary Service’s brand new ACX truck, with a modified tailgate and bigger bin area that can hold three 90 gallon bins, as opposed to three 56 gallon bins in our earlier model trucks. What he doesn’t mention is that the truck also features a new glass bin, and that this is also a CNG truck. So far it’s been smooth sailing for the Compressed Natural Gas that runs this truck. It’s economical, and clean-burning alternative fuel and we’re the first company in the state to implement this into our trucks. Exciting stuff!

Metro features Matt Miller and Gresham Sanitary

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 has placed Matt Miller of Gresham Sanitary Service as the Featured Garbage Hauler on their multifamily recycling: resident education page. The article, posted off to the right side of the page, tells a chunk of Matt’s story with Gresham Sanitary Service, and the history behind the sanitation and garbage hauling trade.

Speaking of how much advancement has come since 1948 when our business was started, Matt was quoted as saying “We’re getting to the point where garbage will be almost nonexistent, and everything that we discard will be recyclable in some fashion,” and went on to say that the key is long-term behavior change. You can check out the whole article to see more about Matt Miller and what he sees for the future of sanitation services.

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