Recycle Right Project

Through June 2018, we'll be in a number of neighborhoods to provide individualized feedback on how residents are recycling. You may find an informational tag on your cart when you retrieve it from the curb. The tags will recognize recycling carts that are set out with properly sorted recycling, or alert residents to items that don't belong in their recycling cart.

Cart tagging

Why are we doing this project?

For many years, the presence of non-accepted materials in recycling has been an ongoing issue. For example, a 2015 study found that, in our region, 9% of the materials placed in recycling actually belonged in the garbage.

In recent months, costs to process recycling have risen significantly, due to changes in the global recycling markets. The most important contribution you can make is to put only approved materials in your recycling. By recycling correctly, you help keep recycling quality up and costs down, all while keeping valuable materials out of the landfill.

How is my recycling evaluated?

Clackamas County has contracted with an authorized third-party contractor who specializes in waste and recycling. The contractor will observe what is in recycling carts, then leave the appropriate feedback tag. They will not remove items. They will follow professional standards set by the County. Data collected, including any information pertaining to recycling at your household, will remain confidential and anonymous. You may remove the tag placed on your cart.

I received an Oops tag. What do I need to do?

If you received an "oops" tag, review it for marked items. These items were found in your cart and do not belong. Next time, please ensure you do not include these items in mixed recycling. These may include plastic bags or similar "film" plastic. "To-go" plastic clamshell style containers, Styrofoam, paper coffee cups, frozen food boxes do not belong. Glass is recyclable but belongs in its own container (call your garbage and recycling company if you don't have a glass bin).

What can and cannot be recycled at home?

Even if you believe you are recycling right, it is always good to review the recycling list.


If you have questions about recycling, the project, or have concerns, please contact us at 503-742-4463.