It’s more important than ever to understand what you can recycle. Your city, county or recycling service provider will inform you of any changes in your curbside collection service. Recycling incorrectly makes recycling more expensive and can turn valuable resources to waste. All Oregonians can help learning about what materials their local recycling programs accept and only putting clean, accepted materials in recycling bins. When in doubt if something is recyclable or not, find out! Recycling is not the only action you can take. You can conserve more energy and natural resources by buying only what you need and reusing what you have. Reduce, reuse, then recycle!
Why is recycling important?
Recycling provides feedstock for industry and is good for the environment. Recycling reduces the environmental impacts from resource extraction, as well as the amount of energy required to make materials compared to using virgin natural resources. It also creates jobs and reduces pollution.
How do I find my local recycling center?
Check out your city, county or recycling service provider’s website to see what items belong in your curbside collection service. In the greater Portland area (Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties), you can visit the Metro website or call the Metro Recycling Information hotline at 503-234-3000.