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Phone: 503-823-7700

Curbside Hotline: 503-823-7202

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201

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Portland Recycles!

Mix paper, plastic, metal together in your blue Portland Recycles! roll cart

Curbside Recycling Basics

  • Recycling pickup is every week. We recommend setting out the blue roll cart and yellow glass bin when they are at least half full.
  • Containers at the curb by 6 a.m. Empty containers should be removed from curb within 24 hours.
  • Don’t over pack your blue roll cart. Contents must fall out easily.
  • Weight limit is 135 lbs.
  • Recycle properly. See the list of acceptable materials to put in your blue recycling roll cart. Ask Metro how to recycle items not excepted at the curb.


YES! Put these items together in your recycling roll cart. 

Curbside collection accepts “mixed recycling” which includes certain paper, plastic and metal.

paper items

blue cart iconPAPER:

Put newspapers, magazines, catalogs, phone books, scrap paper, junk mail, cartons (milk, juice, soup), shredded paper (must be in paper bag), cardboard boxes (single pieces or bundles are limited to 36” in any direction; bundled with twine or tape) in the blue recycling roll cart.
plastic items


Plastics recycling in the Portland Curbside Collection Service is based on size and shape not number. Put only these types of plastics in your blue recycling roll cart: bottles with neck smaller than base (6 oz or larger), tubs (6 oz or larger), plant pots (4 in or larger), or buckets (5 gal or smaller). Remember, no caps or lids.
metal items


Put tin and steel food cans, metal paint cans (empty and dry), empty aerosol cans, scrap metal smaller than 2 in (metal lids, glass bottle lids, screws and nails – collect small metal pieces inside steel cans, crimp closed), and aluminum (loosely ball aluminum foil) in your blue recycling roll cart.

NO! Please keep these items OUT of your blue recycling roll cart. They cannot be recycled curbside.
Prescription medicine bottles, bottle caps and lids, latex gloves, plastic clamshells, disposable utensils, produce baskets, or single-use shopping bags. To recycle items beyond the curb, contact Metro Recycling Information or call 503-234-3000.


YES! Put these items together in your yellow, glass only bin.
glass items

yellow bin icon


Put glass on the side in the yellow recycling bin. Mix all colors together (labels are ok) and keep separate at the curb in yellow glass bin or other rigid plastic container with “Glass Only” sticker.
YES! You can recycle motor oil at the curb.
motor oil


Put motor oil in a clear plastic bottle with a screw-on lid. Place next to roll cart or bin. Don't mix with other liquids.


NO! These common items cannot be recycled:
light bulbs, drinking glasses, flower vases, ceramics, broken glass, lids, propane cylinders, plastic bags, plastic lids and caps, plastic containers under 6 oz, plastic bottles that have come in contact with motor oil, pesticides and herbicide bottles, rigid plastics including "clamshells," Tupperware, Rubbermaid, other reusable dishware Freezer and refrigerator boxes, coffee cups, hard copy books. To recycle items beyond the curb, contact Metro Recycling Information or call 503-234-3000.

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