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


Resolve to redeem in 2018

Redeem more containers!

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, more types of beverage containers started carrying a 10-cent deposit. These include bottles and cans for tea, coffee, fruit juice, coconut water, hard cider and kombucha. Beer, soft drinks and water containers continue to be accepted at some grocery stores and BottleDrop Centers.

Not accepted: Wine, liquor, dairy or plant-based milk, infant formula and metal cans that require a can opener.

Other changes to the statewide Bottle Bill took place in April 1, 2017. That’s when consumers started getting a dime back for carbonated beverages and water containers recycled at a return center.

When Oregonians take bottles separately to be redeemed, they make it easier for our local recyclers to turn them into something new. Many of these containers are recycled right in our region.

Portland residents can redeem beverage containers by taking containers to a local retailer or to a BottleDrop Redemption Center for money. As always, bottles and cans can still be set out for curbside collection without collecting that dime. At curbside, recycle aluminum and plastic beverage bottles in your blue recycling roll cart and glass bottles in your yellow recycling bin.

Find a BottleDrop location near you at www.bottledropcenters.com.

Learn how to use BottleDrop to redeem more containers

A step-by-step guide to use BottleDrop to save time and gain money.

BottleDrop Center

“BottleDrop saves time, and is less hassle than how it used to be,” said Chris. Not only does it save time because there aren’t lines, it is clean and fast. Here, Chris shows how to use BottleDrop and how to get the most bang for his buck!


Step 1: Register online or sign up at a BottleDrop Center and get your account card, pre-approved stickers and green bags. Chris already has an account and is ready to go.

BottleDrop bags and stickers


Steps 2 & 3: Fill your bags with returnable bottles and cans, like this beer bottle.

Redeemable items include: Bottles and cans for beer, soft drinks, water, tea, coffee, fruit juice, coconut water, hard cider and kombucha.

Placing bottle into BottleDrop bag     Full bag in back of car 


Step 4: Head to a BottleDrop Redemption Center and choose your option: BottleDrop account, self-serve or hand count. With your own account card, you’ll be credited every time you use the system, and then redeem your balance for cash at any BottleDrop Redemption Center.

Using BottleDrop account card     Placing BottleDrop bag into drop window


Step 5 & 6: Use a BottleDrop Plus kiosk in participating redemption centers and retail grocery stores for store credit. BottleDrop Plus allows you to get 20 percent more for your bottle and can redemptions (that’s 12 cents per container!). This is what Chris does because he shops at the grocery store and can use the store credit immediately.

Redemption options include cash or store credit     Register receipt showing redemption credit


According to Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, the organization that operates BottleDrop redemption centers, more than 60 percent of all returns come through a BottleDrop center and nearly 200,000 Oregonians are green bag account holders. More BottleDrop redemption centers and express locations are coming in 2018.  

Find a BottleDrop location near you at www.bottledropcenters.com.

Reuse, repair and recycle your old electronics

Everyday gadgets can be reused and recycled at over 40 locations in Portland.

Donate or reuse electronics before you recycle

Portland nonprofit Free Geek wants your usable computers, laptops or tablets. They will refurbish unwanted electronics and donate them to folks who don’t have access to new computers. Free Geek also accepts electronics for recycling, so if you bring electronics that they don’t want, Free Geek can still take them off your hands.

Repair is even better

If your gadget needs a repair, you might be able to fix it with the experts at a local repair café event or at a local repair shop with Portland Repair Finder.

Free statewide program offers recycling options

Oregon E-Cycles provides free recycling of computers (desktops, laptops and tablets), monitors, TVs, printers and peripherals (keyboards and mice). Find a collector in Portland, where there are over 40 locations to drop off up to seven items at a time.

Recycling other electronics, like cell phones, speakers and game consoles

Oregon E-Cycles does not currently provide free recycling of cell phones, speakers, scanners, game consoles or other types of electronics or appliances — however, there are local recycling drop-off facilities that do accept these items. Call Metro’s Find a Recycler hotline (503-234-3000) or use their online search tool. They can tell you the most convenient drop-off locations to your home or workplace.

There are many benefits of doing the right thing with your stuff

Good for the environment: Electronics are made with valuable materials that can be recycled into new products. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) estimates that recycling one million computers prevents the release of greenhouse gases equivalent to the annual emissions of over 17,000 cars.

Good for our health: Electronics contain toxic materials such as lead, cadmium and mercury, and keeping these toxics out of the environment protects our health. According to the U.S. EPA, 40 percent of lead and 70 percent of other toxics found in landfills — including mercury, cadmium and polybrominated flame retardants — are from electronics.

Required: Since 2010, Oregonians are prohibited by law from throwing away computers, monitors or TVs in the garbage.

Ask the Curbside Hotline Operator: What can I do about people putting stuff in my curbside collection containers?

Remove garbage, recycling and compost containers from the curb within 24 hours of pick-up

Collection containers at the curb

What can I do about people putting stuff in my curbside collection containers?

The best way to discourage this is to keep your roll carts out of sight on non-collection days. Actually, residents should remove their empty roll carts, garbage containers and glass recycling bins from the curb within 24 hours of pick-up.

Leaving containers out creates potential hazards for pedestrians and vehicles. And can encourage passers-by to use a container that’s close to them at the time of need (dog poop bags, anyone!?) instead of carrying items to their own containers or using a public trash can.

Find details about service options and container set-out information.

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