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Plastic Bag Ban Options

Lake Oswego is considering a ban on single use carryout plastic bags

At the October 16, 2018 City Council meeting, staff were directed to write an ordinance that would ban single use carryout plastic bags at all Lake Oswego retailers. Here are the details being proposed:

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Bag To The Future! Are Plastic Bags In LO's Future?

Please join representatives from the Northwest Grocery Association, Surfrider Foundation, Republic Services, and Pioneer Recycling for a panel discussion and public forum on options for a plastic carryout bag ordinance in Lake Oswego. There will be short presentations by each panelist, followed by questions and open discussion. City staff will join the panelists to answer questions from the public.

The panel will take place between 6pm-7:30pm in Council Chambers, City Hall, on September 6.

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Recycling Collection

Lake Oswego offers “comingled” recycling, meaning that everything that can be recycled goes into the same container, with the exception of glass. It is very important that trash not end up in the recycling as it will contaminate the entire load. Remember: when in doubt, leave it out.

What goes into my recycling cart?

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Residential Organics Collection

Hello Lake Oswego! Welcome to our LOComposts information portal! Everything you need to know about composting in our City is located here. Lake Oswego is proud to offer curbside composting to its residents, just like Portland and Forest Grove!

Ok, but what does this even mean? How much extra work will this be for me?

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Your Kitchen Pail

All Lake Oswego households had a countertop pail delivered to them. If you are new to the area and do not have a pail, please contact Republic Services at 503-636-3011 to request one.

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Contact Information

To Start Service, Request Carts, etc:

Please call Republic Services at 503-636-3011

General Questions about Recycling and Composting:

Jenny Slepian, Sustainability and Management Analyst



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