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There’s a lot going on at Southern Oregon Sanitation. While our people are busy cleaning up the neighborhood, they are also actively serving the community. This section provides general news, story briefs, event overviews, and announcements so customers will know what’s happening at SOS. Customers can find out what people say about SOS, and get answers to the most frequently asked questions.

SOS as a Waste Management Business

Some call SOS a garbage company. While that’s true, the firm is actually a waste management company involving collection, monitoring, transportation, processing, disposal, recycling and environmental compliance.

The goal for a waste management business is to help people get rid of things they consider garbage and to have a logistics system to perform this service efficiently. In addition, waste management experts have the vision to see how each type of waste is best disposed of and will have the least negative effect on the environment. In addition to service in the field, a successful waste management company will have an executive-level team in place to identify trends and to plan for the future.

In general, waste management companies are involved in the following:

Collection: This includes providing the containers and creating the logistics for pickup. The containers are often color coded and labeled. When necessary, they are enclosed, have locks, chains, lids and bars. The goal for the waste management company is to ensure that garbage is picked up before it overflows and that the best system is in place for the customer.

Monitoring: It’s never business as usual for a progressive waste management company. Successful businesses operate with an eye toward the future and continually look for better solutions to minimize waste output. .

Transportation: Remember the days when the garbage man carried a heavy metal container and lifted individual cans to pour the contents into it? These days are over as transportation in the waste management industry has been modernized for improved efficiency. A success waste management firm will have new vehicles or long-term plans for the purchase of them in order to continually meet the demands of a region. Drivers must be licensed, must understand EPA standards and be aware of public safety issues.

Recycling: To protect the environment, a successful waste management company will have processes in place to separate the recycled materials. The process will include ways to treat and package and transport the materials. The goal is for the recycled products to be re-used, thereby reducing the impact on the environment.

Disposal: Regular garbage not considered recyclable ends up at the landfill. These sites are monitored for compliance with the EPA and other governmental authorities. This waste is also managed. For example, certain items will be buried at specific depths to secure hazardous materials. Recycling materials must be separated out so that the product can be re-used.

The SOS team has hundreds of years of combined experience in the waste management industry. The firm is continuously looking for ways to improve processes, protect the environment and service the customer.


Curbside Recycling at its Best

As good neighbors and stewards of the environment, the SOS team promotes the recycling of printed material, plastics, tin, aluminum, cardboard products and used motor oil. With its co-mingled Curbside Recycling Program, customers are only responsible to separate their landfill garbage from standard recyclable items. These recyclables are then placed in containers on loan from SOS and set out for weekly pickup.

The following is a partial list of standard recyclable materials accepted by SOS:

  • Plastic bottles and containers (cleaned and rinsed) that carry the recycle triangle logo, such as:
    • Water bottles
    • Milk jugs
    • Laundry detergent containers
    • Butter tubs and other such containers
  • Printed Materials, including:
    • Magazines (and inserts)
    • Newspapers (and inserts)
    • Phone books
    • Paperback books
    • Misc. office paper
  • Metals (cleaned but no need to flatten or remove lids and labels), such as:
    • Tin cans
    • Aluminum plates and foil
  • Paper Materials, (remove plastics and flatten items; no waxed cartons) including:
    • Paperboard
    • Cardboard
    • Fiber egg cartons
    • Shoe boxes
    • Cereal boxes
    • Paper towel and wrapping paper cores

Used Motor Oil (poured into non-breakable gallon containers with tight-fitting screw caps. These containers should be placed NEXT to the recycling bin—not in it)


  • Motor oil in its original container
  • Anti-freeze containers