Today the average Clackamas County citizen produces about 9 pounds of trash a day. Landfilling items that could be recycled or composted is costly, uses limited fossil fuels, increases air pollution and wastes resources. In 2004, we recovered almost 3/5 of that amount through recycling and composting, but we can do even better. Paper and food waste are still the largest components of most schools' garbage. Recycling reduces pollution to air, water and soil, protects habitat, creates jobs, conserves natural resources, saves energy and helps sustain our environment.
Clean recyclables only, please. If not clean, they go in the garbage.
Glass bottles, jars and motor oil must be kept separate from other recyclables.
- Glass Bottles and Jars
Rinse clean. Place in a recycling bin, paper bags or bucket. Keep separate from other recyclables. No window glass, pyrex, ceramics, cookware, vases or drinking glasses.
- Motor Oil
Pour used motor oil into a marked, unbreakable, leak-proof container, no larger than two gallons with a screw top lid. Place next to your recycling bin. (residential only)
Recycle paper, cardboard, metal cans, aerosol cans, scrap metal, plastic bottles, and plastic tubs together.*
- Newspaper, Magazines, Catalogs
Just place in the bin. You no longer need to bag.
- Scrap Paper
Bag if needed for litter control. Include opened unwanted mail (remove non-paper items), cereal & shoe boxes, wrapping paper, etc. Do Not include paper with food residue (like pizza boxes), tissue paper, paper towels, napkins, frozen food boxes, or paper coated in wax, foil or plastic.
- Corrugated Cardboard & Brown Paper Bags
Flatten boxes; place in or next to recycling container. Cardboard should be no larger than 3' X 3' wide.
- Aerosol Cans
Empty the can through normal use, discard the plastic cap. Do not flatten, puncture, or remove the nozzle.
- Metal Cans (steel & aluminum)
Rinse clean. You no longer need to remove both ends, but flattening can help save space on the truck.
- Scrap Metal
Include all metal which is smaller than 30 inches long and less than 30 lbs. Remove all non-metal parts.
- Clean Plastic Bottles, Tubs, Buckets, and Nursery Pots (No Lids)
Include plastic bottles and tubs, 6 oz. and larger, buckets no larger than 5 gallons, and rigid nursery pots 4” and larger (no dirt).
* Some situations require recycling to be picked up by the garbage truck and placed in side bins or in the cab. In this case, items may be recycled together, but they all must be bagged or tied. You will receive information from your collector if this is required.