Best Practices for Recology Customers during COVID-19

Help keep yourself and Recology Western Oregon employee owners safe by following the guidance below. 

 

STOP & THINK

What goes where? Sorting properly is critical to keeping recyclable and compostable material out of the landfill.  Yard debris should go in your green-lidded cart, while cardboard, paper, metal, and plastic bottles should go in the red-lidded cart.  Glass bottles and jars are collected in some areas using a separate blue-lidded cart.  Visit whatbin.com to find out more!

BREAK IT DOWN

Optimize space in carts and keep recyclables loose (not bagged). Break down cardboard boxes and do what you can to save space in your carts to make sure they are not overflowing.

BAG IT & BIN IT

Do your part to keep drivers safe and eliminate litter. Trash should be secured in bags to prevent materials from blowing onto the street.  Make sure all trash fits inside your curbside cart.

SAVE YOUR DONATIONS

Put reusable items aside for now.  Once Shelter-In-Place restrictions are lifted, donate reusable goods to a local charity, non-profit, family or friend.  They will appreciate the donation, and it won’t go to the landfill.

WASH YOUR HANDS

Frequently! Washing your hands before and after rolling your bins to the curb will help keep both you and your driver safe. You can also wipe down the handles and lids of your bins with a sanitizing wipe to further protect yourself and drivers.

ROLL IT OUT

Place your curbside bins out early.  Please roll your carts to the curb the night before your pick-up day. Drivers may pick up carts earlier or later due to temporary routing changes.  Remember to leave space between your bins to allow our automated trucks to collect effectively.

SMILE & WAVE

Drivers need to socially distance, too. Please maintain the advised 6 feet of social distance between you and your driver. But that doesn’t mean you can’t say hi — a friendly wave is always appreciated!