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Tools for living

From cleaning recipes to pest control, ask Metro for tools that help you cultivate a safe and healthy home – and save a little money, too.

Dealing with discards

Spring cleaning can yield a pile of old paint and pesticides from the garage, or stuff like clothes and electronics ready for reuse or recycling. From hazardous waste disposal sites to donation options and recycling centers, search Metro’s online database for the safest, easiest way to deal with your discards. Use the tool

At Home and in your garden

Healthy home

Learn less-toxic ways to clean, maintain, repair and improve your house and yard, handle moss and mercury safely, care for your pets and more.Go

Natural gardening

You can grow a garden that's not only beautiful and abundant, but also safe for children, pets, forests and streams. Find out how with tips from Metro's experts, tours, seminars, learning gardens, guides and more.Go

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MetroPaint is easy to love because it’s so earth friendly and a fraction of the cost of new paint.Go

Stop waste before it starts

Just one can of garbage a year? Metro recycling expert Betty Shelley does it. From Betty’s sustainability secrets to easy steps for curbing junk mail, discover ways to step up your green game with these special features and seasonal tips.Go

Getting around

Learn to get around the region for work or play by biking, walking, carpooling or taking transit.Go

Recycling resources

Recycle at home

When it comes to recycling at home, the residents of the region are national leaders. Find out how you can help to make a difference.

Green on the job

Whether you work in a child care center, restaurant, cubicle or construction site, Metro can help you reduce, reuse and recycle. From cleaning green to salvaging building materials, learn ways to make the most of valuable resources at work.

Waste prevention and recycling resources for schools

Teach your students about waste prevention and resource conservation. Metro develops and maintains a wide selection of resources and programs for schools in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties.

Metro's Recycling Information hotline

Metro Recycling Information provides recycling and disposal information and referrals in the Portland metropolitan area.

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What happens to waste?

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More than recycled, remade!

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