Recycling & Waste Programs

Special Recycling & Waste Programs

Electronic Recycling Program

Old electronics cluttering up your house? Dumping electronics in regular garbage and recycling collections is banned in Oregon. Use the DEQ E-Cycle Tool to find a free electronic recycler near you.

Annual Leaf Drop Program

The Annual Leaf Drop off is open from the end of October until December 31 each year at the Donald L Robertson City Park (JPEG). Leaves and small branches/twigs are allowed at the drop off. No branches larger than 3 inches in diameter, stumps, or other yard debris are allowed. The drop off area is in the east park parking lot, near the playground (see photo below). Please call City Hall at (503) 667-6211 with questions.

Holiday Recycling & Garbage Collection

Garbage and recycling are collected on all holidays except Christmas and New Year’s Day.

If your collection day falls on or after Christmas or New Year’s Day, collection will be one day later that week with Friday customers being serviced on Saturday.

Tree Recycling

Curbside Waste Management customers may recycle trees in place of regular yard debris set out at no extra charge. Trees over 6 feet tall must be cut in half. There will be an extra fee for any additional yard waste collected the same week as your tree. Flocked trees are accepted as extra garbage pickup for an extra fee per 6-foot sections. Trees with tinsel or ornaments may not be recycled; remove those items. Don’t have curbside service, use the Find a Recyler Tool from Metro to find an easy option.

Questions about what Holiday items are and are not Recyclable? Use this great handout to learn more! Holiday Recycling Guide (PDF)

String Light Recycling

Did you know you can recycle your old or broken holiday string lights? While you can’t throw them in with your regular recycling service, there are plenty of recycling haulers nearby that accept them.

Find a Recycler

You can even mail-in your string lights and receive discounts on your next lighting purchase from certain companies like Holiday LEDs and Christmas Light Source.

Business Food Scrap Program

In 2023, food-generating businesses with on-site food preparation or service will be required to separate food scraps from other waste. This regional effort keeps food out of the landfill and turns it into renewable energy and nutrient-rich fertilizer for farms. For guidelines on this requirement, refer to the City of Portland’s Food Scrap Program.

Getting Started

Enforcement Dates

Enforcement is phased based on businesses’ estimated volume of food scraps.

4 60-gallon containers on March 2023. 2 60-gallon containers on september 2023. 1 60-gallon container on september 2024.

March 2023: Businesses that produce over 1000 pounds of food waste or more per week are required to compost by March 31, 2023. 1000 pounds is about 4 full 60-gallon compost roll carts.

September 2023: Businesses that produce over 500 pounds of food waste or more per week are required to compost by September 30, 2023. 500 pounds is about 2 full 60-gallon compost roll carts.

September 2024: Businesses that produce 250 pounds of food waste or more per week are required to compost by September 30, 2024. 250 pounds is about one full 60-gallon compost roll cart.

Set Up Compost Service with Your Hauler

There is no extra fee for Wood Village businesses. Compost service is now included with regular garbage service. Contact your hauler to order a compost roll cart for food scraps. To sign up for compost collection or if you would like additional information, please email WM Customer Service or call (800) 808-5901.

Green Business Resources

Order free food scrap containers, signs, and training.

Contact our Green Business staff at (503) 618-2206 or email Green Business to place your order. The City will provide:

  • Free on-site consultation to help you start a food scraps collection program.
  • Free staff training.
  • Free indoor collection containers, posters, and stickers.

Old Spaghetti Factory: Building a sustainable compost program from oregonmetro on Vimeo.

Yard Waste & Composting

Did you know? By composting food scarps, we lower our carbon footprint and help keep 28% of materials out of landfills. Learn more about how to start composting at Metro – Composting or download this How to Compost Guide (PDF).

What goes in the compost bin?

  • Fruits and veggies.
  • Grains. Bread, pasta, rice.
  • Eggshells.
  • Coffee and Tea. Grounds, tea leaves, paper filters, paper tea bags.
  • Food Scraps. Plate scrapings, leftovers, spoiled food.
  • Yard Waste. Grass clippings, leaves, flowers, straw.

How to compost at home. Yard waste bin: leaves, twigs and small branches, grass clippings, weeds, flowers, house plants. At-home compost bin: food scraps and coffee/tea filters, shredded paper, sawdust and wood chips. These materials are not accepted in your yard waste bin but can be composted at home with the materials from your yard waste bin. Put extra yard debris in one of these: 32 gallon cans with handles and lids (60 pound limit), or kraft paper yard bags, or bundle extra branches. Keep out of yard waste bin: food scraps and coffee/tea filters, pet waste/litter, and plastic bags.

Supporting documents:

Waste Less & Recycle Right

Not sure what stuff goes in the recycle bin? When in doubt, find out. Download the In/Out Recycling Poster (PDF) or visit Recycle or Not for more information.

Contact Metro for easy options to recycle, donate or reuse anything from batteries and packing peanuts to that old dishwasher. Call (503) 234-3000 or search Metro’s recycler directory.

See our Recycling Guide (PDF).

What’s bad for the bin?

  • Tangles. Stuff that tangles and clogs sorting machines; Hoses, cords, clothes
  • Film. Plastic wrap and bags. No bagged recyclables
  • Hazardous material. Batteries, propane tanks, needles, paint.
  • Yuck. Foods, liquids, diapers and pet waste
  • Wishful. Clamshells, straws, to-go containers and cups

What goes in your recycling bin? Recycling: all recyclables must be clean, empty, and loose when they go in the cart. Scrap paper, envelopes, wrapping paper, paper egg cartons. Glass: Glass myst be recycled separately in your glass-recycling bin. Mix all colors. Labels ok.  Plastic bottles, metal cans, aluminum foil, aerosol cans. Milk and drink cartons. Keep out of recycling: dirty takeout boxes, plastic shopping bags, plastic shell containers, coffee cups, hazardous waste (motor oil, pesticide, etc.) paint cans, batteries.