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Recycling reminders for common items

Keep these items out of your recycling bin:

bag bottle caps lids clamshell frozen food box To go coffee cup and lidBatteries

In the article, “7 things to keep out of your recycling bin,” Metro highlights seven common household and kitchen items that do not belong in your curbside containers. Materials not accepted in the blue Portland Recycles! roll cart are the same as Metro’s list, with the one caveat—pizza boxes go in your green Portland Composts! roll cart.

Here are a few tips of what goes where at the curb and beyond.

Plastics: Size and shape is what’s important. Bottle, tubs, buckets that are 6 ounces or larger and plant pots 4 inches or larger can be added to the blue Portland Recycles! roll carts. Smaller items can be recycled beyond the curb at various locations, or put them in the garbage. 

Paper: Most types of paper are accepted in your roll cart. Newspapers, magazines, catalogs, phone books, cardboard boxes, scrap paper, cartons (milk, juice, soup) and shredded paper contained in a paper bag.

Note: City of Portland residents who live in houses and smallplexes (2-4 units) should put pizza delivery boxes in the green Portland Composts! roll cart.

Batteries: Regular household alkaline batteries—like AA’s and AAA’s—can be taken to a variety of places, including some hardware stores and other retailers, as well as Metro’s hazardous waste facilities.

Read the full Metro article to learn what to keep out of your recycling and why.

Have a question for Metro Recycling Information Center? Call 503-234-3000 or find a recycler online.

Do you live in an apartment and want information on garbage and recycling? Find information online about multifamily communities of five units and more.

Do you live in a house or smallplex (2-4 units) and want a detailed list of what goes in your curbside containers? Find information online or download a guide in 10 languages.