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Grey Recycle Cart

     Please prepare your recyclables as instructed below. Recycling properly saves energy, reduces pollution, and preserves resources for future uses. Even a small amount of contaminants can cause manufacturers to reject an entire load of recycling, which may then end up as garbage in the landfill. This adds to the cost of collecting and processing, which can cause an increase in your garbage collection fees. Here is a link to a printable version.
Paper & Cardboard 

Magazines, catalogs, phone books
Opened junk mail, office paper
Corrugated cardboard boxes 
Cereal, cracker, and shoe-type boxes 

Shredded paper  (place in paper bag)
Paper bags, paper egg cartons
Labels from metal cans
Wrapping paper, greeting cards 
(no tape, ribbons, or foil paper)

Milk, juice, and soup cartons 
(rinsed, drained)

No plastic bags
No liners
Paper with food residue
(pizza boxes, etc)
Wax, plastic, or foil coated paper
Paper containing wet strength
(frozen food boxes, paper cups, paper plates, paper towels, tissue, pet food bags)
 Metal cans 
(rinsed, drained)
Clean foil, pie plates, and trays
Empty aerosol cans (don't puncture or 
remove nozzle)
Other scrap metal 

30 lb max
No longer than 30 inches
 Plastic bottles and tubs 6 oz. 
or larger 
(rinsed, no lids)
Buckets no larger than 5 gallons 
(rinsed, no lids) 
Rigid Nursery Pots 4 inches across 
or larger 
(rinsed, no dirt)
 Plastic bags and film
(recycle plastic bags at the 
grocery store)
Plastic bottles and tubs smaller 
than 6 oz. 
Styrofoam packaging, peanuts, 
trays, take-out containers
Clear "clamshells" 
(bakery containers)
Lids, trays, cups, plates, 
Blister packaging
(tough, clear, product-
shaped display plastic)
Plastic that contained hazardous 
(motor oil, pesticides, etc)
 Glass NONE  NO Glass of any kind 

Yellow Baskets

Glass Bottles & Jars   Rinsed, loose, unbroken bottles and jars only
No lids or bags
 Motor Oil  Place in an unbreakable, see-through container, with a screw-top lid and no 
larger than 2 gallons
 NOT ACCEPTABLE    Plates, glasses, cookware, ceramics, candle holders, vases, light bulbs, mirrors, window or picture frame glass, any liquid other than motor oil

Brown Yard Debris Cart

City of Portland customers: For information on how to prepare your food waste/yard debris cart, please visit

     If you prefer to bag your yard debris before placing it in your cart, or have more than will fit in your cart, be sure to use a biodegradable paper bag.  You can find them at most grocery and hardware store.
  Grass clippings
Flower, shrub & tree prunings
 Nothing over  4" in diameter & 36" in length
Dirt, sod, wood, lumber, stumps, logs, flower pots, plant tags,  concrete, rocks, animal waste, cat litter, food waste,metal, garbage, plastic bags