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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

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Ask the Curbside Hotline Operator: Are there any plastic lids that I can add to my recycling bin?

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Are there any plastic lids that I can add to my recycling bin?

No. Plastic lids of any kind – including those on coffee cups, drink cups and yogurt containers – are not accepted in the blue Portland Recycles! roll cart.

Since plastic lids tend to be small, thin and easily hidden by other materials in the mixed recycling container, they need to be left out of the blue Portland Recycles! roll cart. At sorting facilities, plastic lids combine with paper and cardboard as they make their way along the conveyor belts and can end up in bales. Since all recycling materials are sold as a commodity, unwanted materials make those bales harder to sell and, therefore, harder to actually recycle into new paper products.

You can collect small plastic items, like lids, to dispose of at a recycling depot. Find a depot near you through Metro’s Find a Recycler resource.

Need more reminders for common items?
Check out the blog post about what and why to keep some items out of your recycling container.

Have a question for our Curbside Hotline Operator?
Submit your question online or call 503-823-7202.