Contamination is a big problem in the commingle recycling carts. You can do your part by following your local recycling program.  If the item is not on the list as acceptable, please don’t put it in and hope it will be recycled.  It will only cause problems in the recycling process.

Plastics bags and plastic wrap (saran wrap, packaging, bubble wrap) are among the top contaminants. Plastic bags and some plastic film can be recycled at patriating grocery stores. If not, please dispose of the plastic bags and plastic film / wrap in the trash.

Contact our office at 541-382-2263 or download a recycling guide at

When in doubt – please contact your local garbage & recycling provider to find out.

Acceptable Items in the Blue Commingle Cart

Paper Products:

  • Newspaper
  • Junk Mail
  • Computer Paper
  • Wrapping Paper (no foil)
  • Shredded Paper (strips only)
  • Cereal/Cracker Boxes
  • Paper Egg Cartons
  • Soda and Beer Cartons
  • Shoe Boxes
  • Paper Towel Tubes
  • Phone Books
  • Magazines
  • Catalogs
  • Paper Bags
  • Corrugated Cardboard

Plastics: please remove lids & caps and rinse clean

  • Plastic Bottles & Tubs
  • (6 ounces or larger)
  • Plastic Buckets
  • (5 gallons or less)
  • Milk Jugs
  • (no need to flatten)

Tin & Aluminum:

  • Cans
  • Jar Lids
  • Beverage Cans
  • Foil
  • Pie Tins
  • TV Dinner Trays
  • (free of food & waste)