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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

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General Information: 503-823-4000


1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 110, Portland, OR 97204

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Ask the Curbside Hotline Operator: Which plastics are accepted in the blue recycling roll cart?

Plastic buckets, tubs and bottlesQ: Which plastics are accepted in the blue recycling roll cart?

A: Bottles with neck smaller than base (6 ounces or larger), tubs (6 ounces or larger), plant pots (4 inches or larger) and buckets (5 gallons or smaller).

The City of Portland, along with the adjacent counties, use size and shape to determine whether plastic is in or out of the curbside system, not numbers or symbols. Do not assume a product with a recyclable label means it should go in your blue recycling roll cart.

The plastics resin numbering system (the numbers inside of the recycle symbol) is a common point of confusion. While numbers can be helpful, they do not tell the whole story. Find more about the resin identification code and alternatives to plastic products.

Need a recycling refresher?

Follow the list at Portland Recycles! or download the Be Cart Smart guide.

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