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News and Tips on Garbage, Recycling, Composting and Reducing Waste at Home
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Because so many people in Portland recycle, together we are making an impact. However, trash in the recycling is causing problems here in Oregon and around the world.
Take a few minutes to learn what can and can’t go in your recycling bin:
Some things are better in the trash
These items can jam the recycling sorting machines or are too difficult to make into new products:
Caution: Don’t put these in your bins
There are lots of drop-off locations — find one near you www.oregonmetro.gov/findarecycler.
Not sure? Send a pic!
Next time you aren’t sure about an item, send a photo to @recycleornot on Instagram. Or visit RecycleOrNot.org to see some of the most confusing items and find out where they belong. It’s new and made just for Portland-area residents. Para español, visite ReciclarONo.org o envíe una foto del artículo que usted quiere reciclar a @reciclarono en Instagram.
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Collection changes and community action help reduce waste and increase materials recovery.
Coordinating the recovery of glass, paper, plastic and metal for an entire city is no small feat: We partner with state and regional agencies like Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Metro to perform research and align on messages to educate the public. That’s a lot of committee meetings! We also spend a lot of time out in the community.
Did you know that our bureau’s primary role is to oversee the administrative rules and rate process for Portland’s residential and commercial garbage and recycling companies? We have built good relationships with Portland’s nearly 30 franchised residential and permitted commercial garbage and recycling companies to administer rules that protect both the customer and the service provider. The following list highlights our achievements over the last decade related to the industry that the experts call “materials management.”
New year, new goals
Looking ahead to 2020, our solid waste and recycling team will work to advance these priorities:
Holiday schedule changes, how to set out your holiday tree, and what to do with extra holiday trash.
In case of bad weather, your pick-up may be delayed. Leave bins at the curb. Your garbage company will come as soon as they can.
After the holidays, remove all tree decorations before setting out for pick-up.
You have two options for disposing of your holiday tree:
Note: Artificial trees and trees “flocked” with fake snow should be treated as garbage. Call your garbage company to see if there is a charge for pick-up.
Set out extra bags or cans (32 gal and 55 lbs max) for $5 each.
For large, bulky items that don’t fit into your garbage bin (like furniture or mattresses), call your garbage company for a cost estimate (prices vary). If the item is still in good condition, consider donating! Call 503-234-3000 to find out donation organizations, drop-off locations and pick-up options.
If you rent a house or apartment, ask your property manager before setting out whole trees, extra garbage or bulky items.
Read the full Winter 2019 Curbsider for more recycling tips and news.
Be a fearless recycler.
In Portland, the items you can recycle are the same whether you are at home or at work. When you recycle correctly, more materials will get remanufactured into new things.
Top 6 items to keep out of your recycling container —throw them in your garbage or better yet, don’t buy them in the first place!
Learn what’s in and what’s out
Get a guide in multiple languages or contact the Curbside Hotline at 503-823-7202.
Make a stop at this community event to turn in unwanted documents for shredding or prescriptions.
Attend a prescription drug disposal and shred event in Portland on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Drive, walk or bike and drop off your unwanted or expired prescription drugs and sensitive documents. Drugs will be safely incinerated and documents will be securely shredded on site. The event runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., or earlier if the trucks fill to capacity. Location: 4735 E. Burnside Street in Portland.
What’s accepted at the prescription drug disposal event?
Take this stuff: Prescription medications and samples, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, pet medications, medicated ointments, and liquid medication in leak-proof containers.
Don’t take this stuff: Thermometers, sharps, syringes, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers, EpiPens. To dispose of sharps, contact Metro at 503-234-3000 or through Find a Recycler.
What’s accepted at the shred event?
Take this stuff: Up to two grocery bags of documents.
Don’t take this stuff: Cardboard or three-ring binders.
Sunshine Division barrels will be available for donations of canned food, dry pasta, and non-perishable food for needy families. Tax deduction forms will be provided.
Need to know exactly what to bring?
Check out the full list online.