Recycling Guide

City Sanitary takes pride in being the trusted recycling partner for residential facilities and homeowners across northwest Oregon. Our commitment to a cleaner environment drives our efforts to enhance recycling convenience in your area.


Residential/Home Recycling Guide

Committed to fostering a cleaner environment, we are intensifying our efforts to enhance the ease and convenience of recycling in your area. Our network provides a range of services, including single or multiple-bin collection, separated or combined recyclables collection programs, green waste recycling, and the recycling of cardboard, newspaper, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, glass containers, and electronics.

To support our customers in maximizing their recycling efforts, we have developed a comprehensive overview outlining what can be recycled and how the recycling process works.

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Follow our Residential Recycling Guide: Learn what you can recycle and how it works.

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What is Recycling & Why You Should Recycle

Recycling is when certain materials are collected, processed and made reusable. While not all materials can be recycled, most can. Trash & waste generate toxic chemicals and greenhouse gasses from rubbish in landfill sites. Recycling helps the environment by reducing the overall amount of pollution caused by waste, landfills, etc.

The Recycling Process

How Does Recycling Work

Initiating recycling starts with individuals making the conscious choice to participate. It's crucial to ensure that each recycled item is thoroughly cleaned, preventing contamination during transportation to recycling facilities. City Sanitary Service collects filled blue and green bins from curbsides, multi-family dwellings, or depots. At the recycling facility, or material recovery facility (MRF), materials undergo sorting and organization based on their types. Quality control inspections follow, ensuring a clean final product. The sorted and inspected materials are then compressed into bales and prepared for sale to end markets.

The Recycling Process

What Happens to My Recycling?

When recyclable materials are organized, they are shipped off to different markets for processing into new raw materials. Many of the most common items/materials - plastic bottles and papers - are recycled back to their original state/product. This effectively eliminates the ‘life cycle’ of these products, as they can continue to be recycled and reused. Other more complex materials that are recycled are used in creating totally new products, ranging from furniture to clothes.

Our Process of Recycling

How Does Recycling Work?

We collect full recycle dumpsters at curbsides, multi-family dwellings, or businesses. At recycling facilities (MRFs), materials are sorted, cleaned, compressed, and prepared for sale to end markets.

Clean every item

Clean items are crucial to avoid contamination during transportation.

Waste Collection

When recycle dumpsters are full, they are then collected by City Sanitary Service at a curbside, multi-family dwelling, or business.

Recycling facility (MRF)

Materials are sorted and organized by material types, then inspected for final quality control clean-up before being baled (compressed) together and staged for sale to end markets.

Our Disposal Guide

What Items Are Considered Special Waste?

Acceptable waste will vary by location, but we have a general guide below.

Acceptable Items

Unacceptable Items

Battery Disposal

Incorrect Battery Disposal Can Cause Fires

Common household items seem harmless, however, the batteries in them pose risks when disposed into regular garbage or recycling containers because of their highly flammable nature.

  • Remove the batteries

    Check the electronic devices you need to dispose of. If possible, remove the batteries. If not, bring the whole device to the drop off location.
  • Store batteries in a safe place

    Store batteries in non-metallic containers (plastic, cardboard, or glass) that do not conduct electricity if there is a spark.
  • Find your local drop off

    Find a local electronic disposal store, or find a drop off location near you.