Recycling curbside in Portland is pretty simple and hasn’t changed much since 2018 with more efforts around ‘recycling right’ and keeping unwanted materials out of the recycling due to changes with international markets. Check below for ways to recycle right*
*The BNA has instituted a Blue Bag Bottle Fundraiser that allows for bottle deposit money to add to our Neighborhood Clean Up fund. Get your bags and start “recycling for a cause” from Peg Molander. More details here: http://www.livebridgeton.com/bottle-drop-fundraiser
Metro Recycling Information Center is the best bet for up-to-date information. They have a Find a Recycler tool that offers many resources for disposal, recycling and reuse. They also have a new campaign called Recycle or Not that includes a game and Instagram option.
CURBSIDE RECYCLING BASICS
· Don’t over pack your blue roll cart. Contents must fall out easily.
· Weight limit is 135 lbs.
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. (Flatten small boxes for the blue roll cart. Flatten and bundle large boxes using twine or tape and place them next to the blue roll cart. Bundled cardboard must measure 36 in or less in any direction.)
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.
YES! Put these metal items together in your blue recycling roll cart:
Aluminum, tin and steel food cans, empty dry metal paint cans, empty aerosol cans, aluminum foil, scrap metal (smaller than 30 in and less than 30 lbs). Collect small pieces of metal (beer bottle caps, glass jar lids, screws, nails) inside steel cans and crimp closed.
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.
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.
As of Jan. 1, 2018, more types of beverage containers carry a 10-cent deposit. These include bottles and cans for tea, coffee, fruit juice, coconut water, hard cider and kombucha, as well as beer, soft drinks and water containers. These are accepted at some grocery stores and all BottleDrop Centers. Not accepted at BottleDrop Centers: Wine, liquor, dairy or plant-based milk, infant formula and metal cans that require a can opener.
The BNA has instituted a Blue Bag Bottle Fundraiser that allows for bottle deposit money to add to our Neighborhood Clean Up fund. Get your bags and start “recycling for a cause” from Tom Hickey (west end) or Bridget Bayer (east end). More details here: http://www.livebridgeton.com/bottle-drop-fundraiser
BNA Green Team updated Metro's list to reduce garbage & increase recycling during the holidays.
START HERE >>> Reuse, re-gift and donate unwanted or unused items with a community collection event before or after Christmas.
Keep discarded electronics out of the garbage 1-888-5-ECYCLE (1-888-532-9253) http://www.oregon.gov/DEQ/ecycles/Pages/default.aspx
Divert decorations & gift wrap https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/index.cfm?&a=618111
Compost holiday trees https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/558502
Reuse in Portland
A grassroots movement committed to a sharing economy and helping people give and gain cool free stuff. It promotes reuse and keeping usable items out of landfills.
Paying it Forward Store http://www.payingitforwardstore.org
The Paying it Forward Store helps those in immediate need of clothing, coats and shoes and connects to other like-minded organizations by collecting and distributing donated items.
PDX Free Store https://www.facebook.com/groups/365603686842843/about/
The PDX Free Store is like a rummage sale except everything is free—clothes, housewares, music, toys and games. Bring clean, working items to donate—take home items you need.
Rooster is a community of neighbors who share resources at no cost. It’s about borrowing things you need—and making rewarding connections in your community. Learn more about Rooster.
Nextdoor is a tool for getting helpful recommendations and resources from neighbors in addition to borrowing, donating or selling items.
Buy Nothing Project https://www.facebook.com/groups/185057795232149/
Buy Nothing Project members post anything you’d like to give away, lend or share. It is neighborhood- and Facebook-based, focused on items you’d like to borrow or acquire, at no cost, from neighbors.
Have unusable bulky items?
Your garbage and recycling company can remove large items that are not reusable or recyclable for an extra charge. Call your garbage & recycling company (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/54938) a week in advance and they will give you a cost estimate. For a reasonable charge, they will pick up appliances, furniture, large branches, stumps and other big items. For curbside pickup, set bulky items at your curb on the day your garbage and recycling company has agreed to pick them up.
For discarded items abandoned in your neighborhood contact the Metro Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) Patrol or call 503-234-3000
The BNA Green Team:
BNA Green Team Meetings
Join us monthly:
Every other month
4:30 - 6:00pm, dates &
locations vary, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the latest updates.
Garbage & Recycling
East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD)
Multnomah County Master Gardeners
METRO Yard & Garden https://www.oregonmetro.gov/tools-living/yard-and-garden
Native plants https://www.oregonmetro.gov/tools-living/yard-and-garden/plants
Ask Metro 503-234-3000