Best Practices for Workplace Recycling

Recent news about changes in the international recycling market have raised concerns about our regional recycling system. In Clackamas County, the cities within and the rest of the Portland metro region, curbside recycling has not changed. Follow the recycling guidelines and keep recycling at work and home. If changes occur in the future, we will post them here.

Keep it Simple

  • Recycling cans at workMake recycling convenient
    Ideally, recycling and garbage containers are paired together near workspaces, in the copy room and in high traffic areas such as cafeterias, breakrooms, hallways and lobbies.
  • Make it clear
    Participants should be able to figure out at a glance what goes in each container. Color coding and labeling containers consistently helps users figure out the correct bin to put their item.
  • Train staff
    Make sure your employees know how to use the program and who in the organization can answer questions as they come up.
  • Communicate with your janitorial service
    Proper collection of recyclables is an integral part of ensuring the success of your program and can help meet your recycling goals.

All businesses in the cities and unincorporated areas of Clackamas County can recycle all the materials seen on the recycling guide. If there is an item your business or building is not currently recycling, contact us and we can help get the service set up. Learn more about the Business Recycling Requirements.

We Make Recycling Easy

  • Find out where to recycle additional items like electronics, batteries, light bulbs and bulky items by calling Metro’s Recycling Hotline at 503-234-3000.
  • Download and print your own recycling posters.
  • Contact us to request recycling training for employees, assistance setting up recycling and waste reduction systems, and for free resources like internal containers, printed posters and labels for bins.

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Recycling in Action

See what happens to recyclables after they leave your office. Watch the video.

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