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Recycling at Home

Make your recycling efforts count! Know when to DROP IT IN, KEEP IT OUT or PLACE IT ON THE SIDE.

Drop It In - Place these items in your recycling roll cart Mixed recycling poster_11 x 17

  • Paper & Cardboard: junk mail, envelopes, newspapers, magazines, copier paper, greeting cards, paper egg cartons, paper tubes, cereal boxes, corrugated cardboard (flatten)
  • Milk Carton & Drink Boxes Rinse clean and drip dry (do not include plastic straws)
  • Metal & Spray Cans Aluminum, tin, steel, clean scrap metal (including foil, bolts and metal hangers), empty aerosol cans (remove cap)
  • Rigid Plastic Bottles & Containers Bottles & tubs 6 ounces or larger, milk containers, margarine, cottage cheese, yogurt tubs, rigid bucket (5 gallons or less - handles okay), rigid plastic plant pots 4 inches or larger

Place It On The Side - Place these items next to your roll cart in the red bin 

  • Glass bottles & jars rinsed clean and lids removed 
  • Motor Oil pour into a clear plastic container with a screw-on lid  

Keep It Out - Roll cart recycling contaminants

  • Glass put in the red bin next to your roll cart
  • Plastic Bags bubble wrap, plastic or shrink wrap 
  • Appliances 
  • Light bulbs
  • Disposable Drink Cups coffee and cold beverage cups
  • Containers motor oil pesticide, herbicide or other hazardous material
  • Lids, Caps & Corks
  • Dishware & Drinking Glasses
  • Plastic drinking cups, toys, containers less than 6 ounces, hoses & hangers
  • Styrofoam block & packaging peanuts
  • Apparel shoes, purses, belts, clothing
  • Electronics Computers & printers
  • Media CD, DVD, jewel cases, VHS tapes and cassettes
  • Hazardous Material batteries, lawn chemicals
  • Take-Out Food Containers or clean deli/bakery containers
  • Packaging clear, molded plastic packaging

Avoid Recycling Mistakes

The two most frequent (and costly) recycling mistakes are putting plastic bags and glass in with your commingled recyclables. Both of these create hazards for the sorting machines once they come into the recycling facility. Glass should always be placed into the red recycle bin provided by your waste hauler. Plastic grocery bags may still be recycled at some larger grocers. Use the "What to Recycle and Where" tool to locate participating stores.

Additional Recycling Resources

Washington County "What to Recycle and Where" tool

Metro "Find a Recycler" tool or call Metro's recycling hotline at 503-235-3000

Far West Recycling or call 503-643-9944

NEW: Far West Recycling is only accepting #1 and #2 plastic bottles - no other plastics are being accepted at this time. There is a $5 charge per car to use the recycling depot.

Recycling At Work:

Each year, an estimated 100,000 tons of recyclable materials generated by businesses is sent to landfills in the Metro region. In an effort to help businesses more effectively capture recyclable materials and divert them from landfill, the Hillsboro City Council passed the Business Recycling Requirements (BRR) ordinance in 2009. The BRR calls for businesses to meet three basic requirements:

  1. Recycle all paper, cardboard and containers (aluminum cans, plastic bottles and tubs, and glass bottles and jars).
  2. Provide internal recycling receptacles throughout the workplace.
  3. Post signs at collection areas that indicate which materials must be recycled.

The requirement is linked to the City business license. When a business signs the business license or renewal, they are agreeing to comply with the BRR.

Washington County Green Business Leaders

Businesses seeking free technical assistance can contact the Washington County Green Business Leaders program at (503) 846-3605 or visit the website

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