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Corvallis Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to your questions about Republic Services waste and recycling services for Corvallis.

Can I recycle plastic grocery bags?

Plastic bags and film can’t be recycled in the commingled cart. This material can be recycled at most large grocery stores. Be sure plastic bags are clean.

What about numbers on plastic containers?

We recycle plastic based on container shapes and do not use the numbers. Recycle plastic bottles and jugs only.

Can I recycle plastic pots? (Used for plants)

No, the only plastics accepted are bottles and jugs. Donate nursery pots for reuse or place them in the trash.

Is Styrofoam recyclable?

Styrofoam can be recycled at the First Alternative Co-op for a nominal fee, but cannot go in the commingled cart.

What do I do with shredded paper?

This material cannot go in the commingled cart as it falls through the sorting machinery and contaminates other recycling. Instead, try using a shredding service, going through your bank or avoiding shredding when possible. Shredding also shortens the paper fibers and reduces the number of times it can be recycled.

Are window glass and mirrors recyclable?

No. They must be bagged and placed in your garbage container. Recycle glass bottles and jars only in your glass bin.

Are plastic CD covers recyclable?

No. This type of crispy plastic is not accepted in the recycle cart. Please place CD covers in the garbage.

How much yard debris can I put out and not be charged extra?

To avoid extra charges, the lid on your mixed organics cart must close. This allows the truck to empty the cart without debris spilling onto the street.

What do I do with food scraps if I don’t have a mixed organics cart?

You can call our office to order a composter at no additional charge.

Can animal waste go in the mixed organics container?

No, it needs to be bagged and placed into the garbage container (double bagged, preferred).

Can I put wood in the yard waste and how much?

Small amounts of untreated wood can go into your mixed organics container. Limbs should be no larger than six inches in diameter. Remember, the cart lid should close.

What do I do with excess yard waste or sod?

Large amounts of yard waste or sod can be taken to the public area of the landfill for disposal.

How do I dispose of Hazardous Waste?

Hazardous Waste events are held four times per year in Corvallis. Check calendar for dates and times.

What Hazardous Materials are accepted?

Automotive Fluids
Light Ballasts
Fluorescent tubes
E-waste including monitors, computers, laptops and televisions
Anything labeled: Caustic, Poisonous, Danger, Hazardous or flammable

Can I pay my bill online?

Yes. Go to: Republic Services Login or download the Republic Services app on any smart phone.

Is paperless billing available?

Yes. Go to: Republic Services Login or download the Republic Services app on any smart phone.

How do I start service or get a price quote?

Starting service is easy. Call us today at 541-754-0444 or use the Request Services page on this website.

How often am I billed?

Residential customers are billed every other month for two months at a time.

What time do I have to have my containers out?

7:00 am or the night before your service day.

What holidays will affect my pick up day?

Drivers work on all holidays EXCEPT: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day. If your regular service falls on one of these holidays, your carts will be collected on the day following the holiday and all service for the rest of the week will be one day later. Feel free to call the office with questions.

Are there any other conditions that would prevent collection of my carts?

Yes, inclement weather can sometimes mean that our trucks are unable to run normal routes. If it is unsafe to have our trucks and drivers on the road, trash and recycling will be picked up one day later after for the rest of the week.

How much material can I put out without being charged for extras?

The lid on your cart must close in order to avoid extra charges. Extra bags beside the cart will be collected at an extra fee.

Does the trash inside the cart have to be bagged?

No, all material in the cart must fit in the cart so that the lid closes all the way, but it does not need to be inside a bag.

Do you take large items?

Yes, please call the office 24 hours in advance of your service day to schedule pick up of large items. There will be a nominal fee for this service based on the type of item.

What happens when I go on vacation?

If you will be away for two weeks or more, you can call to have your service put on a temporary vacation hold. Your bill will be prorated.

What if I think I have been missed?

Drivers may come by anytime from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There are a variety of reasons that the driver may not come at the time you are used to, including; substitute drivers, construction, breakdown, etc. If your cart was out by 7:00 a.m. and it has not been picked up by late afternoon, please call the office.

Is my recycling collected on the same day as trash?

Yes all of your carts will be collected on the same service day each week. Glass is collected on your regular service day once per month.

How should my carts be placed at the curb?

Carts should be on the curb with the wheels facing the house. Please place carts at least 4 feet apart to allow room for the truck’s automated arm.

What if there is a bike lane in front of my house?

Carts should be placed on the curb leaving the bike lane clear for bike traffic. Never place carts in the bike lane at night.