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Ask the Curbside Hotline Operator: What plastics go in the blue recycling roll cart?

Plastic bottles and tubsQ: What plastics go in to the blue recycling roll cart?

A: The plastics accepted for curbside recycling are based on their size and shape.

  • Bottles with neck smaller than base (6 ounces or larger)
  • Tubs that are round or square (6 ounces or larger)
  • Pots for plants (4 inches or larger)
  • Buckets (5 gallons or smaller)

We know items come in plastic packaging of every shape, size and color. And while it can be confusing to know how to dispose of it when you are done, residents can recycle many plastic items (along with paper and metal) in the blue Portland Recycles! roll cart.

Portland does not use symbols or numbers to determine which plastics are accepted at the curb. Numbers are useful to manufacturers, but when it comes to recycling, they don’t tell the whole story.

Recycling depots accept many non-curbside plastics, including three Far West Recycling locations in Portland.

Want a detailed list of what goes in – or must stay out – of the blue recycling roll cart or other curbside containers?
Find information online or download a guide in 10 languages. And remember if an item is not on the “yes” recycling or composting list, the best place for it is in the garbage.

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