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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.


Accepted paper items in blue recycling roll cart 

YES! Put these paper items together in your blue recycling roll cart:
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).

Accepted plastic items in blue recycling roll cart

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

Accepted metal items in blue recycling roll cart

YES! Put these metal items together in your blue recycling roll cart:
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).

Accepted glass items in yellow glass bin

YES! Put these glass items together in your yellow recycling bin:
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.

Motor oil in accepted, sealed container

YES! You can recycle motor oil at the curb:
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:
Plastic bags, diapers, propane cylinders, coffee cups/lids/pods, rigid plastics including "clamshells," plastic containers under 6 oz., prescription medicine bottles, latex gloves, disposable utensils, produce baskets, plastic lids and caps, plastic bottles that have come in contact with motor oil, pesticides and herbicide bottles, Tupperware, Rubbermaid, other reusable dishware, freezer and refrigerator boxes, hard copy books, light bulbs, drinking glasses, flower vases, ceramics, broken glass.

Beer, soft drinks and water containers carry a 10-cent deposit and are accepted at some grocery stores and bottle drop centers. Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, more types of beverage containers will carry a 10-cent deposit. These include bottles and cans for tea, coffee, fruit juice, coconut water, hard cider and kombucha. Not accepted at bottle drop centers: Wine, liquor, dairy or plant-based milk, infant formula and metal cans that require a can opener.



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