Keep your recyclables clean, dry, and loose (not bagged)
The chasing arrows symbol does NOT MEAN something is recyclable
Containers should be 6oz or larger
Yes! Put it in the comingled cart:
Aluminum cans and bottles such as:
Soda and beer cans
Metal beer bottles
No! Keep it out of the cart.
Scrap metal recycling can be dropped off at Schnitzer Steel or Knott Landfill’s Deschutes Recycling
What about metal lids?
Q: Can I recycle metal lids in my curbside cart?
A: Yes! But they need to be put securely inside another can. Tip– use pliers to bend the can closed so when you turn it upside down, the lids don’t fall out. For cans, you can also keep the lid attached by not going all the way around with the can opener.
Not sure? Keep it out!
Are you a visual learner? Check out our how to recycle video:
The top 6 things you should know about curbside pick-up!
If you live in the city limits of Bend, Redmond, or Sisters and have curbside garbage service, you can recycle as well. If you live outside city limits or in La Pine or Sunriver, you can drop off your commingled recyclables at a transfer station or recycling center.
Contact your garbage service provider for more information.
In Deschutes County, we recycle bottles, tubs, and jugs, but do not refer to the number. The number inside of the chasing arrows symbol tells us what the material is made of, but does NOT mean the material is recyclable. Not sure? Ask us!
Recyclables get baled up and trucked over the mountains to a Materials Recovery Facility )MRF) where they are sorted mechanically and by hand. From there, materials are sold to markets where they get recycled into new products.