blue bins

The blue bins are for your recyclables.

  • The items in the bin should fall freely when tipped.
  • Do not put plastic bags in the blue bin.
  • They tie up the machinery and rollers at the recycling center and could be a safety hazards for handlers.
  • Newspaper, magazines, catalogs, and phone books and other paper items can be placed loose in cart.
  • You can also put cardboard in but please flatten it. Cardboard should not be larger than 3’ X 3’ wide so break it down if it is.
  • No food, food contaminated paper, tissue paper, coated papers into the blue bin.
  • Metal and metal Cans: steel & aluminum can go in the blue bin, but please rinse them clean. Aerosol Cans can go too. Please don’t puncture of flatten them and remove the plastic cap. You can also add metal which is smaller than 30” long and less than 40 lbs.
  • Milk jugs, juice cartons and bottles, drink boxes can go in the blue bin, but rinse them first please. No straws .
  • Glass: glass is recycled separately, do not put it in the blue bins, remove the lids and place glass bottles and jars into a separate container. We can provide you with a glass bin.
  • Plastic Bottles: Include bottles with necks smaller than the base or with screw tops. Discard lids, caps, and pumps. Rinse bottles, and put in cart.
  • Plastic items: Plant flats, gardening pots and buckets. Containers such as plastic tubs used for yogurt, cottage cheese and salsas. Please clean them before placing in blue bins.
  • No motor oil, pesticide & other hazardous material bottles or hazardous waste.
    Leave next to the bins:

Motor Oil: Recycle in a see-through, unbreakable container, (no larger than two gallons),with a screw top lid.

Household hazardous waste is accepted by Metro at no charge. Please call 503-234-3000 for information.

blue bin recyclables