Curbside Recycling Basics
- Recycling pickup is every week. We recommend setting out the blue roll cart and yellow glass bin when they are at least half full.
- Containers at the curb by 6 a.m. Empty containers should be removed from curb within 24 hours.
- Don’t over pack your blue roll cart. Contents must fall out easily.
- Weight limit is 135 lbs.
- Recycle properly. See the list of acceptable materials to put in your blue recycling roll cart. Ask Metro how to recycle items not accepted at the curb.
YES! Put these paper items together in your blue recycling roll cart:
Newspapers, magazines, catalogs, phone books, scrap paper, junk mail, cartons (milk, juice, soup), shredded paper (must be in paper bag), cardboard boxes. (Flatten small boxes for the blue roll cart. Flatten and bundle large boxes using twine or tape and place them next to the blue roll cart. Bundled cardboard must measure 36 in or less in any direction.)
YES! Put these plastic items together in your blue recycling roll cart:
Plastics recycling in the Portland Curbside Collection Service is based on size and shape not number. Put only these types of plastics in your blue recycling roll cart: bottles with neck smaller than base (6 oz or larger), tubs (6 oz or larger), plant pots (4 in or larger), or buckets (5 gal or smaller). Remember, no caps or lids.
YES! Put these metal items together in your blue recycling roll cart:
Aluminum, tin and steel food cans, empty dry metal paint cans, empty aerosol cans, aluminum foil, scrap metal (smaller than 30 in and less than 30 lbs). Collect small pieces of metal (beer bottle caps, glass jar lids, screws, nails) inside steel cans and crimp closed.
YES! Put these glass items together in your yellow recycling bin:
Put glass on the side in the yellow recycling bin. Mix all colors together (labels are ok) and keep separate at the curb in yellow glass bin or other rigid plastic container with “Glass Only” sticker.
YES! You can recycle motor oil at the curb:
Put motor oil in a clear plastic bottle with a screw-on lid. Place next to roll cart or bin. Don't mix with other liquids.
NO! These common items cannot be recycled:
Plastic bags, diapers, propane cylinders, coffee cups/lids/pods, rigid plastics including "clamshells," plastic containers under 6 oz., prescription medicine bottles, latex gloves, disposable utensils, produce baskets, plastic lids and caps, plastic bottles that have come in contact with motor oil, pesticides and herbicide bottles, Tupperware, Rubbermaid, other reusable dishware, freezer and refrigerator boxes, hard copy books, light bulbs, drinking glasses, flower vases, ceramics, broken glass.
As of Jan. 1, 2018, more types of beverage containers carry a 10-cent deposit. These include bottles and cans for tea, coffee, fruit juice, coconut water, hard cider and kombucha, as well as beer, soft drinks and water containers. These are accepted at some grocery stores and all BottleDrop Centers. Not accepted at BottleDrop Centers: Wine, liquor, dairy or plant-based milk, infant formula and metal cans that require a can opener.
- Do not dispose of hazardous products in your Portland Recycles! roll cart. Learn how to dispose of hazardous waste.
- Landlords are required to provide garbage and recycling service for tenants. Please read our frequently asked questions for more information.
- Never forget garbage week! Visit www.garbagedayreminders.com for schedule information and convenient email reminders.
- Ask Metro about recycling beyond the curb: www.oregonmetro.gov/tools-living/garbage-and-recycling/find-a-recycler
- Portland Composts! – How to compost at the curb.
- Garbage Collection – Dispose of household items that can't be recycled or composted.
- Rates and Service Options – You have options!
- Frequently Asked Questions – Answers to common questions.
- Ask a question – Send the Curbside Collection Hotline a message to get answers to your questions.