YES MIXED RECYCLING
Include these in your mixed
recycling (glass is separate)
Use separate bin for bottles & jars
Do not include in your recycling
Plastic bottles, tubs,
pots & buckets
Plastic bags, plastic caps/lids, diapers,
propane cylinders, coffee cups/lids/pods,
plastic “clamshells,” Styrofoam, plastic
containers under 6 oz., prescription bottles.
LEARN PORTLAND’S RECYCLING BASICS
New Portlanders are sure to notice many unique things
about this great city. Maybe you’ve been recycling for a
long time because you could do it where you used to
live, but in Portland, we do that a little differently too.
What you can recycle is the same whether you live in
a house, condo or apartment.
AVOID COMMON RECYCLING BLUNDERS
More isn’t always better
You are doing the right thing when you put items
that are on the NO list into the garbage. The items
on the YES list can be sorted, sold, and turned into
Leave out the take-out items
Plastic clamshell containers, coffee cups and other
single-use items like cutlery and straws are not
accepted in your recycling container.
No plastic bags, please
Plastic bags are on the NO list because they get
caught in machinery at the sorting facilities, causing
major mechanical slow-downs.
Size and shape of plastics matter most
Portland’s recycling facilities sort plastic containers
based on size and shape, not the numbers inside the
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