Garbage & Recycling
WASTE LESS & RECYCLE RIGHT
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.
Did you know? By composting food scarps, we lower our carbon footprint and help keep 28% of materials out of landfills. Learn more about at-home composting at Metro – Composting or download this How to Compost Guide.
What goes in the compost bin?
- Fruits & Veggies.
- Grains. Bread, pasta, rice.
- Coffee & Tea. Grounds, tea leaves, paper filters, paper tea bags.
- Food Scraps. Plate scrapings, leftovers, spoiled food.
- Yard Waste. Grass clippings, leaves, flowers, straw.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTEControlled Substance Disposal
Find a drop off location near you to dispose of over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Do not flush expired or unwanted prescriptions down the toilet.Medical Waste or Sharps
Information about Metro’s safe storage and disposal and sharps container exchange.
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. To see if your business falls under this requirement, click HERE. For guidelines on this requirement, refer to the City of Gresham Food Scrap Program.