Commercial Recycling Service

Gresham Sanitary Service - RecyclingFor prices, please see our quotes page.

For multi-family recycling service, see our Multi-Family Recycling page.

What can be recycled?

  • Office or scrap paper
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Newspapers
  • Steel (tin) cans
  • Aluminum
  • Plastic bottles and jugs
  • Glass bottles and jars


In the red recycling container or blue recycling cart next to the garbage dumpsters.


You can make recycling work! Recyclables must be in certain conditions if they are to be used by manufacturers to make new products. Please follow the directions below and keep all garbage out of the recycling container.

Yes, these items are accepted No, these items not accepted
Items that can be recycled
  • White and colored paper
  • Mail (opened)
  • Envelopes (windows, labels are OK)
  • Fax paper (plain and coated)
  • Brochures and flyers
  • File folders
  • Sticky notes
  • Spiral-bound notebooks
  • Carbonless forms (NCR paper)
  • Computer paper
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Catalogs and telephone books
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Paperboard (tissue boxes, tablet backs)
  • Books (softback)
  • Paper bags
  • Tubes (paper towels, tissue, mailing)

Paper recycling can go in deskside recyling containers. OK to include staples, paper clips, and tape.

  • Foil, plastic, or wax coated paper
  • Paper that has food residue
  • Paper towels or tissue
  • Hardback books
  • Photographs or label backing sheets
  • Plastic type (Tyvek) envelopes
  • Frozen food boxes
  • Plastic bags or film
Shredder Clip Art Shredded paper – Place in see-through plastic bag. Place in recycling container.
Plastic and metal
Plastic And Metal
Steel (tin) and aluminum cans– Rinse and flatten. Emptyaerosol cans completely through normal use. Do not crush or flatten aerosol cans. No aluminum foil or trays.
Plastic(no lids)

  • Plastic bottles and tubs – 6 ounces or larger
  • Rigid plastic nursery plant pots – 4″ across or larger
  • Plastic buckets
No lids, cups, Styrofoam or food contaminants. No motor oil, hazardous waste or pesticide bottles.
Glass Bottles and Jars Glass bottles and jars – Rinse completely. Place in separate recycling cart or bin. No light bulbs, window glass, mirrors, vases or drinking glasses. No lids.
Cardboard – Flatten and place in the recycling container. No pieces larger than 36″ x 36″.

Why Recycle?

  1. By taking the very easy step of separating your recyclables from other garbage you are conserving natural resources by reducing:
    • the number of trees harvested to make paper;
    • the amount of minerals mined to make aluminum and steel; and
    • the amount of petroleum used to make plastic bottles and jugs.
  2. You are helping the American economy. More than 1.1 million people work in recycling service industries in the Unites States, with an annual total payroll of $37 billion.
  3. You are saving and reducing greenhouse gas emissions into the Earth’s atmosphere. Manufacturing goods from recycled materials typically requires less energy than producing goods from virgin materials. The payoff? When energy demand decreases, fewer fossil fuels are burned and less carbon dioxide is emitted to the atmosphere.


What’s even better than recycling? Reducing your waste from the start.


Under Desk Recycling BinSo simple even your boss can understand it. New! All paper, one box recycling.Free boxes – Call 503-618-2525

By reducing the amount of waste you make before you take it out to the trash or recycling containers, you conserve natural resources and, if you change your buying habits, you may save money.

For more information about your garbage and recycling service, contact us or the

City of Gresham Recycling and Solid Waste Program at 503-618-2525

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