Use size and shape — not the numbers inside of the recycle symbol — for guidance.
Q: Which plastics are accepted in the blue recycling roll cart?
A: Bottles with neck smaller than base (6 ounces or larger), tubs (6 ounces or larger), plant pots (4 inches or larger) and buckets (5 gallons or smaller).
The City of Portland, along with the adjacent counties, use size and shape to determine whether plastic is in or out of the curbside system, not numbers or symbols. Do not assume a product with a recyclable label means it should go in your blue recycling roll cart.
The plastics resin numbering system (the numbers inside of the recycle symbol) is a common point of confusion. While numbers can be helpful, they do not tell the whole story. Find more about the resin identification code and alternatives to plastic products.
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