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Curbside Recycling Tip #1: Holiday paper goes in the blue roll cart (with a few exceptions)

Wrapping paper and gift boxes go in with recycling

The holiday season stretches over many weeks, from party planning, decorating, shopping and gift wrapping through post-holiday cleanup. During the season, you may find yourself managing more packaging and other waste. Here is a refresher on options for the additional “stuff” the holidays generate.

Recycling during and after the holidays

You can recycle many holiday items at home, including wrapping paper, cards, envelopes, catalogs, gift boxes and cardboard packing boxes. These and other holiday materials are accepted in the blue Portland Recycles! roll cart.

Do not include metallic wrapping paper and foiled-lined greeting cards. Also, save bows and ribbons for another use – they don’t belong in the blue roll cart.

To include more in the blue roll cart, break down cardboard boxes or bundle single pieces together with twine or tape and set to the side of your containers. Bundles are limited to 36 inches in any direction.

Note: Are you getting new electronics and gadgets for the holidays? Remember TVs, computers and monitors must be recycled in Oregon and cannot be put out at the curb.

Bring your bag to reduce your waste

Portland retailers and food providers no longer provide plastic check-out bags. If you forget your reusable bags, they will provide paper shopping bags that can be reused or included for recycling in the City of Portland curbside system.

You have garbage options

  • Set out an extra garbage can or bag on your collection day for a $5 fee. Extra garbage must be 32 gallons or smaller and weigh 55 lbs. or less.
  • Renters: Talk to your landlord about setting out extra garbage or large/bulky items for collection. There is a fee for these services.

Get your stuff in the right spot! Visit for a detailed list of what goes in each container. Materials not accepted in the blue recycling cart belong in the garbage container, or you can contact Metro’s Recycling Information hotline (503-234-3000) for the most up-to-date information for other items.

Metro offers options for recycling spent batteries, strings of lights, electronics, Styrofoam™, packing peanuts, non-curbside plastics and other items not accepted in your blue Portland Recycles! roll cart.

Which plastics are allowed in curbside recycling? It depends on size and shape!
Find out what goes in, why size and shape matter, and other recycling tips at

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