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News and Tips on Garbage, Recycling, Composting and Reducing Waste at Home

Happy America Recycles Day

Celebrate recycling today and everyday

Recycling correctly is important now more than ever. What you can recycle is the same whether you live in a house, condo or apartment. 

If you need a recycling refresher, check details online or download a recycling guide.
Thank you for doing your part!

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Beer + refillable bottles = delicious savings

Refillable bottles. Reborn.

Oregon beer drinkers have one more reason to feel “hoppy”: Certain beer brands are piloting refillable bottles, which means saving energy and resources. Refillable bottle.

Now beer drinkers not only get their 10-cent bottle return, but also know the environmental benefits are worth more than their dime. The specially made beer bottles can be returned like other Bottle Bill items, however they aren’t crushed like other glass. Instead, they are washed and refilled 25 times before the glass needs to be melted down and recycled.

Double Mountain Brewery and Buoy Beer Company piloted the refillable program and now five other breweries are participating. They are Widmer Brothers Brewing, Gigantic Brewing Company, Goodlife Brewing Company, Wild Ride Brew and Rock Bottom Brewery.

Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, the organization that is leading this initiative, also operates the statewide BottleDrop redemption centers. The beer bottles must be returned to a retailer or BottleDrop. You can get 24 bottles in reusable box crate for a three-dollar deposit.

Watch this video and find a BottleDrop location near you.

Hazardous materials require proper disposal

Put the bad stuff in the right place with occasional visits to a local hazardous waste facility.

A recent visit to the household hazardous waste facility was a reminder of all the materials that can be taken there and shouldn’t be included in your home garbage and recycling.

Batteries? Check. Propane cylinders and tanks? Check. Compact fluorescent lightbulbs? Check. Pesticides and herbicides? Check. Lighter fluid? Check. Medicines and expired drugs? Check. And so much more.empty paint cans, paint thinner and other chemicals

Summer cleaning of the garage, basement or shed may bring unwanted and unneeded hazardous materials into view. The Portland metro area has two hazardous waste disposal sites where residents drive up six days a week and don’t even have to get out of their car. Staff in white biological hazard suits (also known as “bunny suits”) greet you and get an understanding of what you want to dispose of at the facility. The household hazardous waste fee is $5 for up to 35 gallons, and $5 for each additional 35 gallons. Some paperwork is exchanged, and then you’re on your way.

Did you know you can take paint to over 170 paint stores for proper disposal? Oregon is part of PaintCare, a free statewide resource to recycle unwanted, leftover paint.

Oregon E-Cycles is another statewide program for unwanted electronics. Anyone can take seven or fewer computers (desktops, laptops and tablets), monitors, TVs and printers at a time to participating Oregon E-Cycles collection sites for free recycling. Computer peripherals (keyboards and mice) are also accepted free of charge.

Need more information on how to properly dispose of household hazardous waste or electronics? Ask Metro online or at 503-234-3000.