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Public Place Recycling makes recycling easy on the go

This spring, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will install recycling containers next to each garbage can on the downtown transit mall. Watch the promotional video here.

With recyclable materials currently filling about 30 percent of downtown Portland garbage cans, public recycling containers are a simple way to make a big impact on Portland’s waste stream. The new containers will be paired with existing garbage cans so it will be easy to recycle newspapers and magazines, plastic bottles, metal cans and glass bottles. Items that should not go in the recycling containers include coffee cups or cold drink cups (even if they are compostable) or any kind of food container or wrapper. The City asks that if you are unsure about if an item can go into the recycling bins, please dispose of it in the garbage: “When in doubt, leave it out!”

After installation is completed later this spring, the pilot is expected to eventually expand to other parts of the city. Partners include the Portland Bureau of Transportation, TriMet and Portland Mall Management, Inc.

Learn more about recycling in Portland homes, businesses and public spaces at Metro’s Recycling Information Hotline at 503-234-3000.