Where to RECYCLE your stuff
Landfilling is Not Sustainable: Respecting our environment by challenging yourself to step it a notch.
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Recycling is important because the waste we produce has a huge negative impact on this beautiful globe that we live on. Harmful chemicals and greenhouse gasses are released from trash in landfills. Recycling helps to reduce the pollution caused by waste.
First, I am so happy you visited this blog post since I can assume you have some interest in recycling or recycling more than you are now! We can ALL do better in making sure that our personal contribution to landfill is minimized. Although generally speaking, Oregon does well in making an effort, each of us is ultimately responsible for our own habits and improving upon them as it relates to landfill. Have a look at this article. I am sending you a virtual high five for recycling, up-cycling and thinking of taking care of our environment!
Did you know the number one thing residents put into our green recycle bins that CAN’T be recycled is plastic grocery bags? We can recycle them -just NOT in your green bins. See “Recycle Plastic” below for where to drop them off!
Call ahead or look on websites to confirm materials are accepted and inquire about potential fees. Maybe you have something that is not listed here? 503-234-3000
Find a recycler by clicking here.
Metro South Transfer Station
2001 Washington St.,
Oregon City OR 97045
- both large and small Appliances for a fee
- Alkaline & Rechargeable batteries
- Electronics (TV’s, Monitors & Computers) (also see Salvation Army below)
- Glass Bottles & Jars
- Household Hazardous Waste for a fee (includes PAINT- https://www.paintcare.org/products-we-accept/#/what-products-are-covered)
- Lightbulbs, CFL’s, Fluorescent Tubes for a fee
- Motor Oil
- Paper, Cardboard & Metal
- Plastic Bottles, Jugs & Tubes
- Plastic Film, Bags and Wrap
- Scrap metal
- Tires for a fee
- Yard Debris for a fee
- Medical Sharps – needles, acupuncture needles, IV tubing with needles, blades, lancets, syringes that can cause injury, spread infection or pollute environment.
Hazardous Waste Facility
For residential use – $5 for up to 35 gallons of HHW
BELOW: Such an interesting interview with a woman who is making an effort to change her life based on the waste she used to produce. Over the past two years, Lauren Singer has produced only enough trash to fill a tiny jar. WOW!
14214 Fir St., Oregon City, OR 97045 877-912-2019 WEBSITE
Hours: 9am-6pm daily
When recycling your bottles and cans here you have the option to donate them to:
- Oregon City High School
- Boys Basketball
- Oregon City Parks Foundation
- Oregon City Preschool
- Oregon City Service Learning Academy
- (OCSLA) Trinity Oregon City Youth Group
- The Marylhurst School
Learn more about these charities HERE. A side note: you also are not REQUIRED to donate them to anyone – you can keep your return for yourself.
Recycle the plastic that can’t go into your green bins:
- Retail, Newspaper, Dry Cleaning, Bread, Produce, and also other Plastic Bags labeled #2 and #4
- Zip Close Food Storage bags (clean and dry)
- Furniture and Electronic wrap
- Plastic cereal box liners (if it tears like paper do not include)
- Plastic shipping envelopes, including Tyvek, bubble wrap and air pillows (Remove labels and/or deflate)
- Product Wrap (used on paper towels, diapers, bathroom tissue, water bottles)
Drop-off locations accepting CLEAN and DRY bags and film packaging listed above:
- Albertsons // 19007 S. Beavercreek Rd. Oregon City OR 97045
- Fred Meyer // 1839 Molalla Ave., Oregon City 97045
- Safeway // 13434 Colton Pl., Oregon City OR 97045
- Metro South Transfer Station // 2001 Washington St., Oregon City OR 97045
** pre-washed salad mix bags or frozen food bags do NOT fall into this category
Most plastic bags are up-cycled into composite lumber but can also be made into small pellets, new bags, containers, crates and piping among other things. More information on this type of recycling can be found HERE.
Glass Kitchenware, Mirrors & collectables, antiques, retro, hipster & designer clothing and furniture:
…can be donated to M Seed Thrift Store. They are a locally owned second hand shop whose proceeds stay local.
124A Molalla Ave.
Oregon City, OR 97045
Founded in 2011, M Seed Outreach is a volunteer-driven organization. They reach out to people who suffer from addiction. They meet people where they are at, to bring them hope and a way off the streets.
They do this by taking people who struggle with substance abuse to 12-month residential programs. Removing addicts from their triggers, enablers and placing them in a new location with a fresh start. They live in transitional housing while they are taught job skills, life skills and counseling. M Seed Outreach works with others of mutual purpose to accomplish these tasks. The men, women and families they help also go on to share that love with others, to pass on the hope they have been given, and to make transformation possible for others. 503-318-6281
Oregon City E-cycle locations
Recycle Computers, Monitors, TVs, Printers, Keyboard and Mice for free at
1839 Molalla Ave.,
Oregon City OR 97045
…as recommended by the Department of Environmental Quality HERE.
Properly Dispose of Prescription Medication to protect our water at Oregon City Police Department 320 Warner Milne Rd. Oregon City OR 97045 Mon-Fri 8am-5pm excluding Holidays A side note: they do not accept needles, lancets or syringes- check website above for full list.
Food is the single largest component of garbage in the Portland metro area. About 20% of the 1.3 million tons of trash generated per year is food scraps, and over half of those come from businesses. Ways you can reduce this waste is through personal backyard composting and Food Donation. Businesses are encouraged to donate surplus food to feed people in need. Get MORE INFO HERE.
Specialize in distributing perishable, nutritional foods quickly to those in need.
Denim Salvage pays cash on the spot for your gently used designer denim jeans. If you bought some really great jeans but now it’s a year later and you have realized you haven’t worn them, they can take them off your hands and even measure you for a different pair. Gained or lost weight? No problem. Upcycle your designer jeans! 611 Main St., Oregon City OR 97045 (Photo courtesy of Denim Salvage) 503-765-6161
Construction Recycling Everything from old carpet to rebar can be salvaged or recycled by click on that link. You could save over 60% on construction disposal costs when you recycle or salvage waste materials. Oregon City has tools to help you save money and conserve natural resources.
Old Cell Phones
The Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office takes donations of used cll phones, smart phones or Blackberry’s to help victims of domestic violence, elder abuse and others in need. If you’d like to donate your cell phone, you can drop it off in person or mail it to:
Victim Assistance Program
707 Main St., #201 Oregon City OR 97045
District Attorney’s Office
Clackamas County Courthouse
807 Main St., Oregon City OR 97045
A Safe Place Family Justice Center
256 Warner Milne Rd., Oregon City OR 97045
Phone accessories such as chargers are not needed in donations. Find out more about the victim assistance program and its critical services HERE.
Take a class!
Concerned about recycling, natural resources and a healthier environment? The regional Master Recycler course teaches you about recycling and waste reduction to make a positive difference.
Offered only 3x a year, this eight-week class meets once a week in the evening and twice on Saturdays for half-day field trips.
Clackamas County’s Development Services Building
150 Beavercreek Road
Oregon City OR 97045
This popular course includes two field trips and instruction in topics such as recycling processes, composting, alternatives to hazardous household products, thoughtful consumption and green building. It is a blend of presentations by professionals in the field, peer group discussion and project development. Participants agree to help others conserve natural resources by volunteering 30 hours of public outreach by doing things like working at information booths at community events, providing presentations in the community and inspiring their neighbors and co-workers.
Do you own a business in Oregon City? Clackamas County sustainability advisors help businesses find easy or overlooked ways to green business practices. They work with you to save money, help attract new customers and make your workplace a healthier place…bonus that they’re based right here in Oregon City!
Resource Conservation and Solid Waste Administration Offices
150 Beavercreek Rd. Oregon City OR 97045
Find out more HERE.