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Business recycling requirement

Businesses in Portland are required to recycle. This includes paper, metal, and plastic, as well as glass bottles and jars.

Policy overview

All Portland businesses must separate recyclables from garbage. This means collecting paper, metal, and plastic in one recycling bin, and glass bottles and jars in another.

See a full list of what can be recycled

If your property manager provides you with garbage service, they are required to provide you with recycling service. 

If you manage your business's garbage service, your garbage and recycling company must provide you with recycling service.

How to set up garbage and recycling service


If the City of Portland receives a complaint that your business is not recycling, we will investigate. If your business is found out of compliance, it must come into compliance within 30 days.

If compliance is not achieved within 30 days, your business will be fined. Fines are $200 per month for the first infraction. Subsequent infractions will increase by $200 each month, i.e., second infraction will be $400, third infraction will be $600, continuing until your business comes into compliance.

Report an out-of-compliance business

Contact the City's Garbage and Recycling assistance staff.

Learn more

Find more detailed information in the Business Solid Waste, Recycling, and Composting Administrative Rules. Contact us with questions.