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Oregon E-Cycles turns 10

Statewide electronics recycling program celebrates 10 years

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The statewide electronics recycling program, Oregon E-Cycles, turns 10 this summer. That’s 10 years of free recycling options for Oregonians.

Residents can take computers (desktops, laptops and tablets), monitors, TVs and printers to participating Oregon E-Cycles collection sites for free recycling. Computer peripherals (keyboards and mice) are also accepted at no cost.

Obey the law: Don’t put electronics in the garbage

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Due to this producer responsibility program, remember that it is against Oregon state law for anyone to throw computers, monitors, TVs and printers in the trash. They must be taken to a participating electronics recycling collection site.

It is legal to throw peripherals, such as keyboards and mice, into the trash, however recycling is encouraged. Especially because our modern-day electronic devices contain toxic materials, such as lead, cadmium and mercury, which can be dangerous if even small amounts are released into the air, water or soil.

Find a collector in Portland, where there are over 40 locations to drop off up to seven items at a time.

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Two changes starting July 1, 2019: New garbage rates and collection schedule

There are new garbage rates and schedule changes for residential customers.

Garbage bills are changing

Portland City Council approved a garbage and recycling bill increase in May to cover higher fees for processing yard debris and food scraps and a surcharge for the voter-approved Portland Clean Energy Fund. Rates for most customers will go up by 2% to 3% beginning July 1, 2019. That is approximately $.75 more per month.

Find the new rates online or call your garbage and recycling company.

Curbside collection schedules

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The 2019-2020 Garbage Collection Schedule is out! Portland residents are sent one of two versions (orange or purple) based on street address because garbage and recycling company routes vary around the city. Find your schedule at www.garbagedayreminders.com.

As a reminder, there are no schedule changes for holidays, except two twice a year – Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. That means collection takes place as usual on July 4 for Thursday customers.

Your Curbside Guide

Find out what goes where for garbage, compost and recycling.

Need a recycling refresher? Grab Your Curbside Guide for everyday home reminders on what materials are accepted.

Preparation reminders

  • Plastic bags or plastic wrap cannot be recycled at home. Throw them in the garbage.
  • Rinse containers before placing in the blue recycling roll cart and yellow glass bin.
  • Do not include caps or lids for recycling.
  • Take off plastic stickers from fruit and vegetables before placing peels in the green compost roll cart.

Find the guide online or download it in one of 11 languages.

Garbage and recycling instructions

Questions & Answers

Our Curbside Hotline team loves to answer your questions

paper berry containerQ: Are green cardboard berry containers recyclable?

A: Yes, if they are not stained with berry juice, cardboard berry containers are accepted in the blue recycling roll cart. Plastic containers are not recyclable.

Q: Who’s my garbage company?

A: Look on the side of your roll carts or visit garbagedayreminders.com to find your company (subscribe to email reminders while you’re there). If your container wasn’t emptied on garbage day, or you have a question about your bill, contact your company.

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Q: Do the numbers on plastics mean they’re recyclable?

A: No. Plastics accepted at the curb are determined by size and shape. The numbers are used by manufacturers to mark what the product is made of.

Q: Has recycling changed?

A: No. The list of materials accepted in your blue recycling cart has stayed the same since 2008. There is still global demand for the materials on Portland’s list for the manufacture of new products. Portland has one of the highest rates of recycling in the country - and that’s thanks to you!

propane cylinderQ: Can I recycle propane tanks in the blue recycling roll cart?

A: No. Propane tanks don’t belong in curbside recycling. Ask Metro where to take them for proper disposal. These items are pressurized cylinders. They are hazardous and can cause explosions or fires in collection vehicles. There isn’t an easy way for collection drivers to tell if tanks are empty or contain propane, so they need to be recycled outside of the curbside collection system, typically at a hazardous waste facility. Learn more about propane disposal at Propane 101.

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