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Recycling Information

Fighting for a Cleaner Dallas

On average, each Oregonian generates seven pounds of garbage every day. Even though residents are recycling more than ever, the amount we throw away each day increases even faster. View a series of tips on how you can help keep our City greener, cleaner and more eco-friendly!

There is a recycling depot located at 1030 W Ellendale Avenue Mon - Fri - 8 am - 5 pm Sat - 8 am - 12 pm

Contamination Reduction Education

Cleaning Up Recycling by Removing Contaminants With requirements changing in the world market, it’s important more now than ever, that our recycling is as clean as possible. This not only means making sure materials are empty, clean and dry, but also that only the right materials are going in the cart. A contaminant is anything that isn’t recyclable and therefore should not be in the recycle cart. Below is a list of common contaminants found in the recycle cart, with information about why they shouldn’t go in and how to properly dispose of these items. Republic Services will continue working with customers to convey the changes in recycling. Remember that the cleanliness and quality of recycling is of the upmost importance, so when in doubt, throw it out. Thank you for recycling! What Why Where Can it Go Paper milk/juice cartons, paper broth containers, paper coffee cups These have tiny plastic fibers embedded in them, which are difficult to separate from the paper fiber for recycling These items should go in the trash. Try to reassess purchasing habits and find products with less packaging or more recyclable material Nursery Pots There currently are no markets for this plastic. Trash, or reuse for other plants or creative activities Clamshells No market currently exists for this low-grade plastic. End of life phase. Place in trash cart. Avoid purchasing when possible. Plastic Bags Plastic bags mixed with other recyclables can jam the sorting equipment at the sorting facility Many local grocery stores have collection bins for plastic bags too. Garden hoses Hoses can wrap around machinery at the sorting facility, which could cause damage Place in the trash if it can’t be repaired for reuse Chain & Other Scrap Metal These items can get caught in machinery and cause harm to workers Bring to the scrap metal bin at Republic Services recycle depot or to a scrap metal buyer Clothing Clothing wraps around machinery and can cause friction fires Donate; repair; repurpose as rags; or place in trash Garbage Garbage is not recyclable and only contaminates the good material being placed in the recycle cart Placed garbage in the trash cart or bring to landfill. Call the office if you need a bigger cart Styrofoam Breaks into tiny pieces when compacted in the recycle truck, no local recycling facility, uneconomical to transport. Place in trash. Avoid purchasing items in excessive packaging when possible. Plastic cups, plates and silverware No market currently exists for this low-grade plastic. End of life phase. Place in trash cart. Swap out for durables when possible. For more information on recycling and other services in your area, visit

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