Homeless Camp Clean-Up

If you come across a Homeless Encampment, please fill out the Homeless Encampment Report Form out so that we can address the situation, thank you!

In February 2020, Douglas County Solid Waste began the long process of inventorying and remediating homeless encampments and illegal dumps along the Douglas County portion of the Apple Capital Loop Trail. The initial stages of this undertaking included identifying established camps, performing cursory assessments of the contents, and distinguishing between active and abandoned sites.

On April 21, 2020 Douglas County Solid Waste began the second phase of this process involved physical cleanup and mitigation of the sites. Ten individual abandoned sites were able to be cleared up with extensive help from the Eastmont Metro Park Department (EMPD).

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Collected from Homeless Camps in 2020

Douglas County Solid Waste was able to remove the following from the areas surrounding the trail:

  • 3,379 bags of garbage
  • 742 sleeping bags
  • 4,450 pounds of scrap metal
  • 340 needles
  • 155 bikes
  • 170 drug pipes
  • 213 knives
  • 25 shopping carts
  • Large amount of wire, include razor wire
  • 43,951 lbs of garbage disposed at the landfill

The amount of waste located at the sites was staggering and the proximity to the Columbia River makes these sites particularly concerning to the environmental safety of our waterways and wildlife. 


Collected from Homeless Camps in 2021

Douglas County Solid Waste was able to remove the following from the areas surrounding the trail:

  • 657 bags of garbage
  • 63 sleeping bags
  • 1,295 pounds of scrap metal
  • 41 needles
  • 7 bikes
  • 13 drug pipes
  • 6 knives
  • 2 shopping carts
  • 3,338 lbs of garbage disposed at the landfill

It was a relief to see a decrease in the amount of items we collected this year & the overall garbage disposed of.  Our continued efforts are paying off. 

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In 2021 we hired new staff to help focus on cleaning up homeless camps along the Apple Capital Loop Trail and throughout Douglas County.

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Our continued efforts are still paying off. The amount of homeless camps and garbage being disposed on the loop trail have dropped since we started this program in 2020. 

Collected from Homeless Camps in 1st half of 2022

  • 142 bags of garbage
  • 17 sleeping bags
  • 40 pounds of scrap metal
  • 58 needles
  • 2 bikes
  • 0 drug pipes
  • 1 knives
  • 1 shopping carts
  • 1,823 Lbs of garbage disposed at the landfill