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Ask the Curbside Hotline Operator: Can I recycle coffee cups in my curbside bin?

What to do with paper coffee cups.

Coffee cup with lid

Q: Can I recycle coffee cups in my curbside bin?

A: No, paper coffee cups don’t belong in either the blue recycling roll cart or the green compost roll cart. They do belong in the garbage container.

Coffee cups are made up of paper that is injected with a plastic film so the cup holds its shape with hot (or cold) beverages. Paper cups are not recyclable because of the plastic liner and coffee contamination and don’t break down at the recycling facility with other paper products.

The same is true for paper products that hold freezer or refrigerated foods. Items like butter boxes, ice cream containers and frozen dinner boxes also belong in the garbage.

Choose to reuse
Travel mugCeramic mugYou can choose to bring your own coffee mug or container to your favorite shop. Some shops offer a small discount for doing so. There’s even a campaign about it called BYOC: Bring Your Own Cup!

Interested in learning more about the Bring Your Own Cup campaign?
The nonprofit Recycling Advocates is focusing on reducing the number of disposable, single use coffee cups going into area landfills.

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

Community recycling offers options beyond the curb

Portland residents have many options to properly dispose of a wide variety of items, however, there are some materials that cannot be left at the curb – we call these materials “non-curbside” items.

Recycling depots accept many non-curbside items, including three Far West Recycling locations in Portland. There are also community events that offer ways for residents to drop off materials for recycling and proper disposal. These events are free but appreciate donations.

Community Recycling hosts events each year that collect and recycle many items not eligible for curbside disposal. The next event is Saturday February 4, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Southwest Portland.

Review the website for details on what to bring and how to prepare the accepted items.

Accepted items include:

  • CFL lightbulbs
  • Bulky, rigid plastics
  • Corks
  • Batteries
  • Ink and toner cartridges
  • Holiday lights
  • Electronics
  • Block Styrofoam

Community Recycling

Community Recycling
Saturday February 4, 2017
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
St John Fisher Parish parking lot, 7007 SW 46th Ave, Portland (enter by turning west off SW 45th Ave)

Donations accepted to help cover expenses and disposal costs for this all-volunteer, community event. Suggested donation is $3 for households, $5 for businesses per drop off.

Event flyer

Can’t make the event and interested in disposing other items not accepted at the curb? Contact the Metro Recycling Information online or call 503-234-3000.

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

tree illustration

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

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