Recycling Guidelines

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Mixed Recycling in Blue or Green Bins

  • Newspaper, magazines, mail, plain paper, stationery, and envelopes (window envelopes also OK)
  • Plastic milk jugs
  • Plastic non-refundable bottles, put caps in trash
  • Plastic tubs but no square or clamshell containers
  • Paperboard containers for milk and other liquids
  • Metal cans, lid still attached or lid in trash

Glass Containers in Separate Bin

  • Empty and clean all items, put lids & caps in trash
  • Broken glass & incandescent bulbs in trash, wrapped well for safety

Refundable Cans, Plastic and Glass Bottles in Gray Bin

  • Must say OR 10¢ on label or top of can
  • Rinse containers, drain well, put caps in trash
  • Do not crush cans

Empty Plastic Bags go only in the Yellow bin

  • Only the stretchy kind
  • No black plastic bags
  • Mailers from Amazon are OK but stickers and labels must be removed

Corrugated Cardboard Boxes

  • Flatten and put in designated area, different in each building


  • In marked bin, block foam and foam peanuts in a plastic bag
  • Location is different for each building, look for the signs

Food Scraps

  • Compost bins are located at the loading dock areas of the Riverview Kitchen and the White Oak Grill
  • For complete information visit the Willamette View food Composting Guide.

These Items Cannot be Recycled

  • All food and drink to-go containers and their lids
  • Plastic containers that are square or rectangular
  • Boxes from frozen and refrigerated foods
  • Facial tissues/paper towels/paper napkins
  • Bags from inside cereal, cracker or other boxes
  • Any lid from jars, plastic tubs, bottles, milk jugs
  • Anything with food residue in or on it
  • Food of any kind
  • Plastic forks, spoons and knives
  • Paper plates and coffee cups
  • Pizza boxes: even if they are unused, they cannot be repurposed
  • Plastic package wrap or plastic bags that are not stretchy
  • Bubble wrap mailers that have paper attached
  • Wrapping paper, tissue paper or greeting cards with glitter on them
  • Molded plastic from packaging
  • Plastic bottles that hold less than 6 oz.
  • All cash register receipts
  • Shredded paper- use the secure bin in your building
  • Paper wrapper from paper reams (these are treated with flame retardant)
  • LED & compact fluorescent light bulbs go in the marked container on the shelf
  • Long fluorescent bulbs on the shelf by the LED container

Be a responsible recycler.  It's better to have something recyclable in the trash than trash in recycling.

When in doubt, throw it out!