Willamette Towers

Recycling Standards

The latest news on what can and cannot be recycled

As always, we recycle glass left in its own bin and paper and metal in the larger recycling bin. Note all the new rules on plastics below and a few helpful links.

New recycling rules mean that only clear and white milk jugs are recyclable. Also, small-mouthed plastic drink bottles can be recycled, but these are now eligible for a 10-cent deposit.

All other types of plastic are NOT accepted, including lids for the accepted types.

Re-stating, the following items CANNOT be recycled and should be included in your trash:

  • lids
  • caps
  • tubs
  • plastic bags (which gum up the sorting machines)
  • TV dinner trays
  • clamshell takeout containers
  • miscellaneous plastic stuff- plastic wrap, plastic tableware, plastic dishes or cups and prescription medicine bottles.

When people throw these other kinds of plastic into recycling, Ecosort spends our money removing them—and throwing them into the landfill!

Saint Vincent de Paul accepts some types of styrofoam at main collection centers. Refer to this link for precise information.

Lane County has a handy “Ask the Garbage Guru” page where you can enter specific items and learn what can and can’t be done.

NextStep Recycling accepts “almost all types of electronics, working or not, free of charge.” They write, “We welcome a wide variety of items; computers of course, but also everything from christmas lights to microwaves.”