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News and Tips on Garbage, Recycling, Composting and Reducing Waste at Home


Recycling options for old electronics after the holidays

New gadget? Recycle your old electronics at a collection site. Over 40 Portland collection sites accept your old electronics!

Did you give someone a new gadget this holiday? Or did you receive something shiny and new yourself? Oregon E-Cycles offers options Oregon Ecycles logoto recycle old electronics.

Computers, monitors and TVs are not allowed in curbside garbage and cannot be disposed of at landfills or incinerators. You can recycle your computer “peripherals” – keyboards and mice – as well as desktop printers.

Oregon E-Cycles is a free electronics recycling program for old computers, monitors and TVs you no longer need or want. This includes laptops and tablets.

You can recycle a maximum of seven items at a time. There are 250 collection facilities and recyclers throughout the state and 40 locations in the Portland area.

computer monitorcomputer cable  old cellphone

Reuse and repair is even better

Of course, if your electronics are still in good working order, look for donation options at Find a Recycler. If your gadget needs a repair you might be able to fix with expertise at a local repair café event.

Interested in finding a collection site near you?
Call1-888-5-ECYCLE (1-800-532-9253) or find a location online.

Have a question for our Curbside Hotline Operator?
Submit your question online or call 503-823-7202.

 

After taking down your tree

A few easy options for holiday tree collection

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Prepare your holiday tree for pick-up by removing all tinsel, lights, ornaments, wire, nails, stands and other materials that cannot be composted. Trees covered in fake snow are not accepted for composting and must be disposed of as garbage.

Curbside Collection: TREE PIECES

  • Cut the trunk and branches into pieces less than 36 inches long and 4 inches in diameter and place in green composting roll cart.
  • Ensure that any tree pieces in your green roll cart do not poke above the lip of the cart; 135 pound weight limit.
  • Tie bundles securely with string or twine; 45 pound weight limit.
  • Leave extra bundles or cans of yard debris at the curb for a fee of $3.75 each.

Curbside Collection: WHOLE TREE

* Place trees 6 feet and under next to your green roll cart at the curb on your collection day for $4.50.

* Cut larger trees down to 6 feet to ensure driver safety.

Non-profit pick-up: WHOLE TREE

* Ask Metro to find a non-profit organization that will pick up for a fee. 503-234-3000

Need help remembering garbage day?

Visit www.garbagedayreminders.com to receive free email reminders.

Have a question for our Curbside Hotline Operator?

Submit your question online or call 503-823-7202.

 

Got extra garbage that won’t fit in your cart?

Homeowners and renters have options for taking care of extra holiday garbage and bulky items.

image of extra garbageAfter holiday entertaining and gift giving, you may find excess packaging and bulky items filling your garbage can. Here are some options:

  • Set out an extra garbage can or bag on your collection day for a $5 fee. Extra can must be 32 gallons or smaller and weigh 55 pounds or less.
  • Items that are too big for your garbage container (such as appliances or furniture) can be picked up for an extra charge. Find your garbage and recycling company and call them a week in advance for a cost estimate.
  • Renters: Talk to the landlord about setting out large or bulky items or extra garbage for collection. There is a fee for these services.
  • Apartment residents can alert the property manager to the need for an additional pickup if there is excess garbage and recycling.

Reminder: Contact Metro’s recycling hotline at 503-234-3000 to learn where to recycle items that cannot be left at the curb.

Recycling options abound for holiday related materials like spent batteries, strings of lights, electronics, Styrofoam™, packing peanuts, non-curbside plastics and other items not accepted in your blue Portland Recycles! roll cart.

Need help remembering garbage day?

Visit www.garbagedayreminders.com to receive free email reminders.

Have a question for our Curbside Hotline Operator?

Submit your question online or call 503-823-7202.