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Guide to Garbage and Recycling

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As a resident, it’s important that you understand how garbage and recycling is managed at your community, specifically:

  • How and where to dispose of garbage and recycling.
  • What can be recycled.
  • Resources for managing things that don’t belong in the garbage or recycling.
  • Who to contact with questions.

The building’s owner or property manager is responsible for providing and paying for garbage and recycling services. They’re also responsible for providing information to you about how to recycle at move in, where collection areas are located (indoors on every floor, or outside) as well as offering a yearly reminder.

Multifamily communities come in all shapes and sizes: apartments, dormitories, condominiums and more. What all these locations have in common is at least five or more units on the property.


garbage itemsInclude: Paper plates, coffee cups, freezer boxes, takeout containers, wrappers, facial tissue, Styrofoam™, plastic bags, plastic containers labeled compostable, rigid clamshells, painted or stained wood, plywood, incandescent light bulbs.

garbage items that must be bagged

Must be bagged: Pet waste, cat litter, diapers, feminine hygiene products, ashes, sawdust, packaging peanuts, broken glass.

Cooking oil in sealed containers

Place in sealed container: Kitchen fats, oil, grease.

Computers, CFL bulbs do not go in garbage

Do not include: Computers, monitors and TVs, hazardous waste, chemicals, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).
Contact Metro Recycling Information, 503-234-3000 to learn how to dispose of these items and more.

Mixed Recycling (Paper, Plastic, Metal)

Include these items in your building's mixed recycling container:

mixed paper recyclingPaper: Newspapers, magazines, catalogs, phone books, flattened cardboard boxes, scrap paper, junk mail, cartons (milk, juice, soup). Shredded paper must be in paper bag.

mixed plastic recyclingPlastic: Bottles with a neck and tubs (6 oz. or larger), plant pots (4" or larger), buckets (5 gal. or smaller). Rinse. Discard lids.

metal recycling itemsMetal: Aluminum, tin and steel food cans, empty dry metal paint cans, empty aerosol cans, aluminum foil, scrap metal (smaller than 30" and less than 30 lbs). 

Do not include plastic bags, to-go cups, etcDo not include: Plastic bags, plastic lids, diapers, freezer boxes, coffee cups, pesticide or herbicide bottles, propane cylinders, household garbage, light bulbs, drinking glasses, flower vases, ceramics, broken glass.

Glass Only Recycling

glass bottles and jarsGlass bottles and jars only: Mix all colors together. Rinse. Labels OK. Separate from other recyclables.

Do not include broken glassDo not include: Light bulbs, drinking glasses, flower vases, ceramics, broken glass.