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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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Questions & Answers

paper berry containerQ: Are green cardboard berry containers recyclable?

A: Yes, if they are not stained with berry juice, cardboard berry containers are accepted in the blue recycling roll cart. Plastic containers are not recyclable.

Q: Who’s my garbage company?

A: Look on the side of your roll carts or visit to find your company (subscribe to email reminders while you’re there). If your container wasn’t emptied on garbage day, or you have a question about your bill, contact your company.

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Q: Do the numbers on plastics mean they’re recyclable?

A: No. Plastics accepted at the curb are determined by size and shape. The numbers are used by manufacturers to mark what the product is made of.

Q: Has recycling changed?

A: No. The list of materials accepted in your blue recycling cart has stayed the same since 2008. There is still global demand for the materials on Portland’s list for the manufacture of new products. Portland has one of the highest rates of recycling in the country - and that’s thanks to you!

propane cylinderQ: Can I recycle propane tanks in the blue recycling roll cart?

A: No. Propane tanks don’t belong in curbside recycling. Ask Metro where to take them for proper disposal. These items are pressurized cylinders. They are hazardous and can cause explosions or fires in collection vehicles. There isn’t an easy way for collection drivers to tell if tanks are empty or contain propane, so they need to be recycled outside of the curbside collection system, typically at a hazardous waste facility. Learn more about propane disposal at Propane 101.

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