Recycling-What Goes In

Curbside Recycling 

YES List! 

The following items are recyclable through your hauler. 

  • Paper - Cardboard (no larger than 36" in any direction), newspaper, magazines, catalogs, envelopes, junk mail, phone books, shredded paper (bagged in paper, not plastic) 
  • Plastic - Bottles and tubs (six ounces or more), buckets (five gallons or less), nursery pots (four or more inches). Remove caps and lids. 
  • Metal - Cans; caps and lids; aluminum foil and trays; scrap metal pieces shorter than 30 inches and less than 30 pounds 
  • Glass - Glass bottles and jars only place in red recycling bin (residential) or glass cart (commercial) 
  • Motor oil - Set used motor oil next to your glass bin in a one-gallon, see-through, unbreakable container with a screw top cap (for residential customers only)

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Beaverton Recycles!
Mix together in your Recycling Container
Cardboard (flattened)
Magazines and junk mail
Paper bags
Milk, juice and soup cartons (rinsed)
Shredded paper (in a paper bag)
Bottles, tubs, jugs and jars
Nursery pots (larger than four inches)
Buckets (five gallons or less)
- Empty and rinse
- Six ounces or larger in size
- Ignore number on containers; they indicate plastic resin type, not recyclability
Aluminum, tin and steel food cans
Metal paint cans
Aerosol cans and aluminum foil
Scrap metal (smaller than 30 inches and less than 30 pounds)
- Empty and rinse
- Do not flatten cans
- Can tops are OK if crimped inside can

Samples of accepted paper, plastic and metal recyclable items.

In your Garbage Container
Plastic bags
Foam trays and block foam
To-go cups and containers
Frozen food containers
Glassware, ceramics and light bulbs
Samples of items not approved for recycling such foam, glassware, to-go cups.
Also in your garbage: carpet, containers labeled compostable, pet waste, soiled diapers, broken glass and used clothing and textiles*
*Some items can be taken to a drop-off center to be recycled or reused.

Preparation Guidelines

Follow these simple guidelines to ensure your materials will be recycled: 

  • Do not mix glass in with the commingled materials. Glass must be recycled separately due to safety concerns for the hauler and the sorting crew. Glass also damages the sorting equipment. Please recycle glass separately. 
  • Place only acceptable materials into your curbside recycling container. Resist the temptation to add other items that seem similar or recyclable to you. Unacceptable items cause problems at the sorting facilities and eventually end up in the landfill. 
  • Please place the materials directly into the recycling container. Do not place your recycled materials into a plastic bag. Plastic bags interfere with the operations of the processing equipment, making it more difficult for your materials to be recycled. 
  • Rinse out all food and liquid containers. This ensures that bacteria do not flourish and that sugars do not gum up the processing machinery. 

Looking for more information on recycling plastics? Visit our Recycling Plastics Properly page. 

Other Materials

Some materials not suitable for curbside collection. They may still be recyclable just not in our mixed home/work recycling or they may require special handling like electronics and hazardous waste. These materials should be taken to their proper disposal option, click the link below to learn more.