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Portland Recycles!

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

Be Cart Smart: Mix paper, plastic, metal together in your blue Portland Recycles! roll cart. Glass belongs on the side in the yellow recycling bin. When it comes to recycling at home, Portland residents are national leaders. Find out how you can help to make a difference.

Blue recycling roll cart instructions

  • Recycling is picked up every week. We recommend that you wait until the roll cart is at least half full before setting it out at the curb.
  • Weight limit: 135 lbs
  • Do not pack roll cart tightly, contents must fall out easily
  • Remove empty containers from curb within 24 hours
  • Do not put garbage in your recycling roll cart
  • Find more recycling options
YES – put these items together in your recycling roll cart
paper items

blue cart iconPaper

  • newspapers, magazines, catalogs and phone books
  • cardboard boxes (single pieces or bundles are limited to 36” in any direction; bundle with twine or tape)
  • scrap paper and junk mail
  • cartons: milk, juice, soup
  • shredded paper (must be in paper bag)
plastic items


  • bottles with neck smaller than base (6 oz or larger)
  • tubs (6 oz or larger)
  • plant pots (4 in or larger)
  • buckets (5 gal or smaller)
metal items


  • aluminum, including foil
  • tin and steel food cans
  • empty, dry, metal paint cans and empty aerosol cans
  • scrap metal smaller than 2 in inside cans and crimp closed (metal lids, glass bottle lids, screws and nails)

Yellow glass bin recycling instructions

YES – put these items together in your yellow, glass only bin
glass items

yellow bin icon

  • glass bottles and jars
  • mix all colors together, labels are ok

Motor oil recycling instructions

YES – you can recycle motor oil at the curb
motor oil
  • motor oil is accepted at the curb
  • put in a clear plastic bottle with a screw-on lid, next to roll cart or bin
  • don't mix with other liquids

NO – keep all of these items out of your recycling 

  • plastic bags
  • plastic lids
  • diapers
  • freezer boxes
  • coffee cups
  • rigid plastics including "clamshells," Tupperware, Rubbermaid, other reusable dishware
  • Styrofoam
  • plastic bottles that have come in contact with motor oil
  • pesticides and herbicide bottles
  • propane cylinders
  • books
  • household garbage 
  • light bulbs
  • drinking glasses
  • flower vases
  • ceramics
  • broken glass

If you are not sure whether an item is recyclable at the curb, call your garbage and recycling company or email us.