Environmental Services


The Silverton City Council establishes goals at the beginning of each fiscal year. Goal 4 is to implement policies and programs to maintain safety and quality of life. Objective 4.5 under this goal is to study ways with community partners to implement a sustainable energy program to lessen our carbon footprint and achieve energy sustainability goals. The City established a Green Team to support Council’s objective. The Team has been working with Sustainable Silverton, a local grassroots organization, who developed the Silverton Energy Plan. This plan was accepted by the City Council on August 5, 2019. 

The Green Team

In 2019 the City-wide Green Team was established. The Team is comprised of a mix of represented and management staff across departments. 

Read the Green Team’s Quarterly Newsletters to stay informed on the City’s sustainability efforts: 

Green Team News - 2nd Quarter April 2021

Green Team News - 1st Quarter January 2021

Green Team News - 4th Quarter October 2020

Green Team News - 3rd Quarter July 2020

Green Team News - 2nd Quarter April 2020

Green Team News - 1st Quarter January 2020

Marion County EarthWISE Program

The Green Team has been working towards certifying all City buildings through Marion County's EarthWISE Program. The following facilities have received their certification:

  • City Hall
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants
  • Public Works Shops
  • Community Center
  • Silver Falls Library
  • Silverton Fine Arts Association
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Listen to the City of Silverton's Waste Matters podcast where Marion County's Rachel VanWoert talks to Chelsea Starner, the City of Silverton's Public Works Coordinator, about the City's experience with the EarthWISE certification process and what the City has been working on to "green" things up.
  1. Travis Sperle

    Public Works Director
    Phone: 503-874-2210


Environmental Management Committee

The Environmental Management Committee (EMC) was established by City Council in 2015 as an advisory committee to make recommendations to the City Council on issues regarding recycling, solid waste management, environmental issues and other similar matters. 

Sustainable Year City Program

The City of Silverton welcomed University of Oregon students during the 2019-2020 year as part of the Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP).  SCYP, part of the Sustainable Cities Institute at UO, matches professors and classes with an Oregon city, county, special district, tribe, transit agency, or partnership of governments for an entire academic year.  Students working in Silverton, guided by their professors, combined research and fieldwork to address City needs and achieve course learning goals.  

Recycling in Silverton

Republic Services provides residential curbside collection of solid waste and recycling in Silverton. Recent shifts in the recycling market have brought changes to how we recycle.

Learn more about recycling in Silverton including guides on curbside recycling by clicking this link.


Reducing Waste

Are looking for ways to reduce your household waste? Visit Marion County Public Works Waste Reduction website to learn helpful tips on how to reduce waste at home, at work, and on the go. 

Fact Sheets

The City has put together the following Fact Sheets for residents to learn more about ways they can help with Silverton's sustainability efforts.