Commercial Co-Mingle Recycling Service
Container styles & sizes: For your recyclables, you can order front load containers or 90-gallon roll carts. Glass, bottles & jars are recycled in a separate roll cart. We will consult with you to decide which ones are best for your property.
Materials you CAN co-mingle: Except for shredded paper (see below), co-mingling requires no pre-sorting, tying, or bagging of accepted items — just toss them in! .
- Plastic bottles (with the neck/opening smaller than the base; rinse; discard lid)
- Plastic tubs, 6 ounces or larger (rinse out; discard lid)
- Rigid plastic plant pots, 4” or larger
- 5-gallon buckets (with or without handles; discard lids)
- Tin and aluminum cans
- Cardboard (flattened; do not tie)
- Scrap paper, newspaper, phone books, magazines
- Shredded paper (bagged in paper or clear plastic)
Glass: call our office (503-625-6177) to add glass recycling service.
A word about plastic bags and other "film" plastics, such as shrinkwrap and bubblewrap: These items clog our recycling machinery and cannot be in your recycling containers.
One exception for commercial customers only: you may use a clear plastic bag to secure your shredded papers.
Some materials you CANNOT co-mingle:
- NO Styrofoam packing peanuts (return to a packing store or bag and place in your garbage)
- NO loose, unbagged bubblewrap, shrinkwrap, plastic bags, etc.
- NO glass (call our office to add glass recycling service)
- NO tissue paper or paper towels (put in garbage)
- NO food contaminated items (pizza boxes, etc., go in garbage)
- NO blueprints, computer disks, photos (put in garbage)
Contamination: If your recycling container is contaminated with any material that is not allowed, it will not be emptied and will need to be cleaned out before the next recycling pick-up.
Safety first! If you have any doubt, please call us before placing questionable items into your containers. Some materials create extreme safety concerns for our drivers, sorters, and the environment.
NEVER put these in any of your containers:
- NO wet paint
- NO chemicals
- NO oil
- NO dirt, rocks, or concrete
- NO hot ashes
- NO medical waste, including needles, syringes, lancets
Ask about special recycling opportunities: If you anticipate large quantities of clean wood, scrap metal, glass bottles, jars, concrete, rock, dirt, etc., please contact us in advance to make special arrangements.
Hazardous Waste Disposal
- Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events are held throughout our area on a regular basis. Contact METRO for the next event near you (503-234-3000).
There are two facilities for year-round drop-off: the Metro Central Station, 6161 NW 61st Ave., Portland; and the Metro South Station, 2001 Washington St., Oregon City.