Residential Services

Recycling (Place together in the GRAY cart, except glass)


Do include:

  • Cardboard
  • Magazines, catalogs and phone books
  • Mail and office paper
  • Cereal, cracker and shoe-type boxes
  • Newspapers
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Paper bags
  • Labels
  • Wrapping paper, greeting cards (no foil)
  • Shredded paper (place in paper bag)
  • Milk, juice and soup cartons (rinsed and drained

Do NOT include:

  • Paper with food on it (pizza boxes, etc.)
  • Wax, plastic or foil coated paper
  • Paper with “wet strength”in it: Frozen food boxes, paper cups, paper plates, napkins, paper towels, tissue, pet food bags etc. These items do not break down in the paper making process.


Do include:

  • Clean metal cans
  • Clean foil, pie plates, trays
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Other scrap metal items

Do NOT include:

  • Items heavier than 30 lb.
  • Items longer than 30 in.


Do include:

  • Clean plastic bottles and tubs, 6 oz. or larger
  • Clean plastic buckets
  • Rigid plastic nursery pots, 4 in. across or larger (no dirt)

Do NOT include:

  • Lids, trays, cups, plates, silverware
  • Plastic bags and plastic film (recycle shopping bags at grocery stores)
  • Bottles or tubs smaller than 6 oz.
  • Clear “clamshells” (such as bakery containers)
  • Styrofoam® packaging, peanuts, trays, take-out containers (foam peanuts may be taken to a mailing service for reuse)
  • Blister packaging (tough, clear, product-shaped, display plastic)
  • Toys and large items
  • Biodegradable plastics
  • Food contaminated items
  • Hazardous material and motor oil bottles

Glass (Place in separate bin of your choosing)

Do include:

  • Clean glass bottles and jars

Do NOT include:

  • Plates, glassware, cookware, ceramics and vases
  • Mirrors, picture frames, and window glass
  • Light bulbs (Please see Recycle + information below for recycling light bulbs. For safe disposal take them to Metro South, 2001 Washington St. Oregon City, 503-234-3000)

Motor Oil…

goes in a marked, unbreakable container with a screw top lid. Place near the gray recycling cart.  ENGINE OIL ONLY we can not except any mixed oil or other types.

Yard Debris (Place in BROWN cart)

Do include:

  • Grass Clippings
  • Weeds
  • Leaves
  • Tree and Shrub prunings (under 4″ diameter and 36″ length)
  • 120 lb. maximum weight

Do NOT include:

  • Dirt, sod
  • Wood, lumber, stumps, logs
  • Flower pots, plant tags
  • Concrete, rocks
  • Animal waste
  • Cat litter
  • Food waste
  • Metal
  • Plastic bags
  • Garbage

If you have extra yard debris:
Set out in a 32 gallon can labeled yard debris (6o lb. maximum) or a 32 gallon paper lawn and leaf bag. Call us for fees.


Garbage (Place in GREEN cart)

Everything not accepted for recycling or yard debris can be placed in the garbage except…

There are lots of hazardous materials that need special attention to how they are disposed (Adhesives and glues Aerosols Air fresheners and deodorizers Ammunition Antifreeze Arts and crafts supplies Asbestos Batteries, auto Batteries, household Bleach Brake fluid Carpet and rug cleaners Chemistry sets Cleaners, all-purpose Degreasers Detergents, dishwashing or laundry Disinfectants Drain cleaners Fertilizers, chemical Fingernail polish and remover Flea control Gasoline, kerosene and diesel fuel Hair products Hand cleaners, mechanic or painter Lighter fluid, charcoal Lubricating oils Medical waste or sharps Medicines, unwanted or expired drugs Mercury- and PCB-containing items Moss killer Mothballs and moth crystals Motor oil and oil filters Oven cleaners Paint and clear wood finish Paint strippers or paint scrapings Paint thinners Paint, water-based Pesticides Photographic chemicals Polishes and cleaners, metal Polishes and waxes, wood furniture and floors Polishes, cleaners or waxes, automotive Polishes, shoe Pool or spa chemicals Septic tank cleaners Smoke detectors, ionizing type Soot remover or creosote destroyer Stain and spot removers Transmission fluid Windshield wiper solution Wood preservatives). Please visit Metro’s website to find an appropriate place for disposal.

Place loose items, such as kitty litter, in a sealed bag to prevent spilling when the cart is emptied (foam peanuts may be taken to a mailing service for reuse).