Recycling Plastics Properly

Recycling plastics can sometimes be confusing. What can you recycle at the curb? Are there other plastics you can take to a depot for recycling? What happens to plastics after they are recycled? There are really just a few things you need to know:

  • PlasticContainers-smlRecycle only the allowed plastics in your curbside cart. Even if you have looked at it before, review the list of items that are acceptable in your curbside cart. Resist the temptation to add other items that seem similar or recyclable to you. Unacceptable items that are frequently put in carts include all kinds of plastic bags and wrap, clam shell containers and garden hoses.


  • The plastics you recycle at the curb are made into new products. You may have heard about recent plastics market fluctuations in the news. Market demand for curbside plastics is in the U.S. and Asia is the strongest and most stable.



Look for opportunities to buy fewer plastic products or items with plastic packaging. Buying less plastic means less need to recycle or throw it away.

Thank you for making recycling successful in Oregon. Recycling questions? Ask Metro. 503-234-3000 or