Lake Oswego offers “comingled” recycling, meaning that everything that can be recycled goes into the same container, with the exception of glass. It is very important that trash not end up in the recycling as it will contaminate the entire load. Remember: when in doubt, leave it out.
What goes into my recycling cart?
The following can go into your blue recycling cart, or recycling dumpster if you live a multifamily residence:
Plastic bottles, jugs, buckets and tubs larger than 6 ounces. Lids must be removed.
Mixed paper and cardboard
Hard plastics such as plastic furniture is not recyclable.
NOTE: As of September 12, Far West Fibers is only collecting number 1 and 2 plastics. Due to restrictions by the Chinese government, northwest recyclers no longer have a reliable market for the sale of our plastics. New Seasons is no longer collecting plastics for this same reason. Unfortunately, the only way around this global issue is to reduce the amount of plastic you purchase.
- Reuse produce bags or purchase reusable ones
- Buy produce as-is, not boxed or wrapped in plastic
- Purchase bulk foods using reusable bags
- When buying packaged foods, choose items that are packaged in recyclable materials. For example, bags of cookies instead of clamshells, pasta in cardboard boxes, and canned foods. If you notice packaging in your supermarket that seems excessive (ie, potatoes wrapped in plastic), utilize your power as a consumer to let the chain know you disapprove of this practice.
- Bring your own iced drink container when buying iced coffees and teas. Iced coffee cups are not recyclable.
- Remember that you can still recycle plastic bags and film at most supermarkets
- Always bring reusable bags with you, but if you forget, choose a paper bag over a plastic one.
- #5 plastics can be recycled at the Tualatin Whole Foods in the "Gimme5" box.
Recycling and Reuse
Use Metro's Find a Recycler web site to find where to recycle items not accepted in the curbside recycling program and organizations that take materials for reuse. If you have a specific question about recycling, hazardous waste disposal or waste prevention you can use this link to email a Metro recycling expert or call Metro at 503-234-3000.
Far West Fibers in Lake Oswego (341 Foothills Road) takes many materials for recycling; check materials accepted through Metro Recycling or call Far West Fibers directly at 503-200-5411.
Hazardous and Bulky Waste Disposal
Paint, motor oil, batteries, CFL or LED lightbulbs, prescription medications, needles, and many other products are considered to be household hazardous waste. These products must be taken to the Metro South Transfer Station at 2001 Washington Street, Oregon City.
Paint can also be taken to the Miller Paint store at 544 N. State Street or Sherwin Williams at 15659 Boones Ferry Road.
Information about disposing of or recycling bulky waste, such as appliances, large plastic items, unusable furniture, and more, can be found here.
Recycling is great, but reducing your waste in the first place is an even better way to put the lid on your trash and conserve resources. Read on to find waste prevention, recycling, and reuse options.