• The City's annual Earth Day recycling and reuse event keeps tons of recyclable and reusable materials from the landfill.  A free event for all Gresham and Wood Village residents.

  • Volunteers needed 

    Sign up today and be a part of Gresham's largest recycle and reuse event.

  • Earth Day recyclables

  • Fluorescent Lights

    Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) contain potentially harmful chemicals, including mercury, but  they also contain useful materials, such as steel and aluminum, which can be recycled. 

    Fluorescent light recycling guidelines
    • Gresham and Wood Village residents and businesses may recycle up to 30 bulbs at the City's annual Earth Day recycling event.
    • Standard incandescent bulbs and tungsten bulbs are not accepted.
    • Lights should be packaged carefully to prevent breakage. Boxes can be picked up at the front desk, Gresham City Hall.
    Paper Shredding

    The City partners with Shred NW to provide residents with free paper shredding at its annual Earth Day recycling event.

    Paper shredding guidelines
    • Paper shredding is provided to Gresham and Wood Village residents only at the City's annual recycling event. Businesses may not participate.
    • Two paper bags of paper are accepted per household.
    • Do not mix other materials with your paper. 
    • Stapled papers are okay.
    • If your paper is contained in a cardboard box, the boxes will be returned to you at the Earth Day recycling event. 

    Shred NW is a National Association for Information Destruction AAA-certified shredding and recycling company, offering secure shredding service on site. 

    Plastics

    The City will collect large bulky, rigid plastics and plastic bags that are not recyclable in your blue carts at home. Plastic bags should never go in your recycling cart. Bags can be returned to your local grocery store. 

    We will not be collecting small plastics this year, due to changes in the recycling market.

    Plastics recycling guidelines
    • All plastics must be a five-gallon bucket-sized or larger.
    • Plastics are acceptable from households only, not businesses.
    • The City will accept one car trunk load of plastics per household.
    • Accepted plastics should be clean and dry, without metal components.
    • Soft plastics, such as inflatable toys will not be accepted.
    • Curbside recyclables will not be accepted.

    Accepted items 

    • Plastic lawn chairs
    • Rigid, plastic swimming pools
    • Large, hard, plastic toys – no metal parts
    • Clean plastic grocery bags
    • Clean, stretchy plastic bags
    • Bubble wrap 

     Unaccepted items

    • Plastics that can be recycled at home
    • Inflatable toys
    • Soft plastics
    • Plastic with metal components
    • PVC
    • All plastics smaller than a five-gallon bucket
    Small Appliances and Electronics

    Certified Electronics Recycling & Data Destruction provided by Green Century Recycling.

    Nonprofits will be onsite collecting working items for donation. 

     Accepted items 
    • Computers, laptops, tablets
    • Monitors and keyboards
    • Hard drives and floppy drives
    • Printers, scanners, fax machines
    • Televisions
    • Radios / stereos 
    • Microwaves
    • Blenders
    • Cable boxes
    • Cameras
    • Wires, cords, modems, routers
    • Small household appliances

     

    Unaccepted items 
    • Fire extinguishers
    • Mercury-containing items
    • Media (CD, DVD, floppy discs, cassettes)
    • Batteries
    • Old thermostats
    • Smoke detectors 

      Contact Metro and find a recycler 

    Styrofoam
    Styrofoam recycling guidelines
    • Only Styrofoam from households will be accepted, not from businesses.
    • Styrofoam must be clean and all tape and labels removed.
    • Packing peanuts are accepted.
    Not accepted
    • Soft, squishy Styrofoam, packaging wrap and food containers are not accepted.

     

  • Home goods and building supplies

    The new Gresham ReStore home improvement outlet, 610 NE 181st Ave, is now collecting home goods and building supplies.  Restore donation guidelines

    • Earth Day recycling and reuse event volunteer
    • Paper shredding at Earth Day recycling event
    • Plastic bag recycling at the Earth Day recycling event
    • A load of Styrofoam being unloaded at the City's Earth Day recycling event
    • Fluorescent tubes being recycled at Earth Day recycling event
    • Electronic items being recycled at Earth Day recycling event

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    • At this event, the City collects materials that are hard to recycle, and small, broken appliances and electronics are hard to find a home for. You can’t put them in your recycling roll cart, yet many contain precious metals that are great to recycle and don’t belong in the landfill.

       

    • The City partners with Gresham Sanitary’s Shred Northwest to offer free secure shredding service, for residents only, perfectly timed just after tax season. 

       

    • The City thanks the community for doing the right thing and recycling, reusing, and reducing waste, especially at the Earth Day event, by bringing in some of the common materials – like plastic sacks - we unfortunately cannot recycle at the curb.

       

    • Styrofoam is not recyclable in the regular recycling because it can clog the recycling equipment, and it’s not easy to recycle. Only special facilities can condense or recycle it, and in general it’s not a good material to have. If it does appear, you can save space in your garbage and keep it for Earth Day. Then it will be recycled into other plastic products or turned back into crude oil for other uses.

       

    • Fluorescent tubes contain mercury vapor that’s harmful to people and animals. Before the event, boxes for fluorescent tubes are available for free at the City Hall front desk to allow for safe transport. Do not bring fluorescent bulbs with broken glass unless they are safely boxed.

    • Keep up the recycling spirit all year. One way? Get year-round recycling tips and garbage service reminders with the City’s GoCart! tool for smartphone or computer. 

  • Contact us

    For more information about Earth Day or year-round recycling in Gresham, contact Cherie Ludwig at 503-618-2518 or Cherie.Ludwig@GreshamOregon.gov.