Recycling Service in Portland, Oregon

Recycling Instructions

Portland Disposal will provide one 60-gallon blue “Portland Recycles!” roll cart for mixed recycling and one yellow bin for glass for our residential customers with regular garbage service. You can roll your cart to the curb by 6 am on any collection day when it is comfortably full for you. Please don’t obstruct the containers from view or place them in a way that makes them difficult to get to. All containers need to be separated by at least 12 inches. You do not have to take it out every week if it is not full. Place your yellow bin for glass at the curb next to your blue cart.

Just Looking to Recycle?

If you do not need garbage collection, you can still sign up for weekly collection of recyclable materials only. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have. Let us help you establish the service level right for you.


Please Recycle

Containers with a neck or screw-on lid (6 oz. or larger)

Margarine or yogurt type tubs (6 oz. or larger)

Rigid plant pots (4 inches or larger)

Buckets (5 gallons or smaller)

Please DO NOT Recycle

Plastic lids

Plastic bags

Deli food containers



Plastic bottles that have come into contact with motor oil, pesticides, or herbicides


Please Recycle


Phone Books


Cardboard – Please flatten. Be sure cardboard falls loosely from the cart. It may be necessary to cut large pieces.

Office Paper

Junk Mail

Milk Cartons & Aseptic boxes

Various misc. paper (cereal boxes, egg cartons, wrapping paper & greeting cards without foil)

Shredded paper – MUST be in a paper bag (so it does not blow away when dumped from cart)

Please DO NOT Recycle

Freezer food cartons

Coffee cups

Food-contaminated material

Paper towels or tissues


Please Recycle

Tin and steel food cans (no need to flatten or remove labels)

Aluminum foil (free of food)

Empty dry metal paint cans

Empty aerosol cans

Scrap metal (smaller than 30" by 8" and not heavier than 30 lbs.)

If you include small items (lids, hardware, etc.), place them in a tin can and close the ends to trap items inside

Please DO NOT Recycle

30 lb max

No longer than 30 inches

Glass Bottles and Jars

How to Recycle Glass

We provide one yellow bin for your glass.

Place glass loosely in the bin (do not bag).

DO NOT put glass in your blue cart.

Please DO NOT Recycle

Light bulbs

Drinking glasses

Flower vases

Broken glass


Motor Oil

How to Recycle Motor Oil

Put in a clear plastic bottle with a screw-on lid. Leave it beside your blue cart (gallon milk jugs work best).

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