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News and Tips on Garbage, Recycling, Composting and Reducing Waste at Home


Deliver your greasy pizza box to the compost cart

Pizza delivery boxes belong in the green Portland Composts! roll cart

Oregon E-Cycles turns 10

Statewide electronics recycling program celebrates 10 years

Two changes starting July 1, 2019: New garbage rates and collection schedule

There are new garbage rates and schedule changes for residential customers.

Choose To Refuse

Say no to unnecessary take-out items because these items belong in the garbage

Your Curbside Guide

Find out what goes where for garbage, compost and recycling.

Questions & Answers

Our Curbside Hotline team loves to answer your questions

Turn in prescription drugs and shredded documents on April 27

Make a stop at this community event to dispose of unwanted items.

Clean up for spring at citywide Community Collection Events

Reuse, recycle and dispose of unwanted bulky materials at dozens of events.

Do you want trash with that?

Take-out items are not recyclable – they belong in the trash.

Take hard-to-recycle items to the Green Days recycling event

Team up with Fred Meyer and the Trail Blazers for this community recycling event.

Tidying up? Put your unwanted stuff in the hands of those who need it.

Your stuff matters, including what you no longer want or need.

The holiday aftermath: How to get rid of cut holiday trees and extra garbage

Holidays cause extra disposal chores and unusual items for the garbage.

Spotlight on holiday waste

Each cart plays a part: Put materials in the correct containers after the holidays.

Holidays may affect your collection day for garbage, recycling and composting

Sign up for weekly email reminders about your garbage, recycling and compost collection and urgent winter weather alerts.

Recycle with confidence: Learn how to sort your plastics

Portland doesn’t sort plastics by the numbers on the bottom – learn shapes and sizes instead!

Beyond the Curb: The journey of a glass bottle

Here’s the journey a glass beer bottle takes when you recycle it.

Plan your meal with the Guest-imator

In a time of excess, too much turkey is being tossed

Happy America Recycles Day

Celebrate recycling today and everyday

Remember to compost autumn leaves and pumpkins

Let autumn leaves fall and rotting jack-o-lanterns roll into the compost container.

Beer + refillable bottles = delicious savings

Refillable bottles. Reborn.

Hazardous materials require proper disposal

Put the bad stuff in the right place with occasional visits to a local hazardous waste facility.

Take hard-to-recycle items to this community recycling event

Team up with Fred Meyer and the Trail Blazers for the Green Days of Summer.

Top 6 items to keep out of your curbside recycling

These items belong in the garbage.

Recycle with Confidence

Here’s how to avoid common recycling blunders.

Can the heartbreak of wasting summer fruits and vegetables

Food preservation author Marisa McLellan talks about the benefits of small-batch canning to reduce food waste at home.

Reuse rules in Portland

Free online tools will help you find a new home for practically anything you want to toss.

In a unanimous vote, Portland City Council approves new rate for residential garbage, recycling and compost service

Effective May 1, 2018, the new rate addresses higher operating costs for Portland’s 12 franchised garbage and recycling companies.

Make a stop at Portland’s annual event for hard-to-recycle items

Turn in prescription drugs, documents and electronics for shredding and recycling.

Ask the Curbside Hotline Operator: What can I do about people putting stuff in my curbside collection containers?

Remove garbage, recycling and compost containers from the curb within 24 hours of pick-up

Keep it local at spring Community Collection Events in your neighborhood

These events do not accept household hazardous waste, construction demolition and remodeling debris and asbestos-containing materials.

Reuse, repair and recycle your old electronics

Everyday gadgets can be reused and recycled at over 40 locations in Portland.

Learn how to use BottleDrop to redeem more containers

A step-by-step guide to use BottleDrop to save time and gain money.

Resolve to redeem in 2018

Redeem more containers!

Say goodbye to your holiday tree

Easy steps and options for holiday tree removal.

Extra holiday trash?

You have options for extra garbage over the holiday weeks.

Spotlight on holiday waste

Each cart plays a part: Put materials in the correct containers after the holidays.

Holiday calendar reminders for garbage, recycling and composting

For single-family homes and smallplexes (up to 4 units), curbside collection will happen one day later for Portland customers from December 25 to January 6.

Portland’s “wishful recycling” problem

A recycling expert reveals another side to Portland’s passion for recycling, and why it’s important to follow the recycling list.

Ask the Curbside Hotline Operator: Which plastics are accepted in the blue recycling roll cart?

Use size and shape — not the numbers inside of the recycle symbol — for guidance.

Don’t let your food scraps go to waste

Use holiday leftovers before adding to your compost container.

Leftover pumpkins? Extra leaves? Your green Portland Composts! roll cart can handle it

Let autumn leaves fall and rotting jack-o-lanterns roll into the right container.

Pack less, waste less at summer picnics

Choose to reuse rather than create trash at your BBQ or picnic.

Choices abound for kitchen compost containers

Find a kitchen compost container that works for you.

Working together for a smooth collection day

Garbage, recycling and composting drivers work hard every day to collect materials from all over Portland.

Quick reference guide to curbside garbage, composting and recycling

Use this guide for weekly recycling and composting and every-other-week garbage collection for residents living in a single-family home or smallplex of 2-4 units.

KATU’s Afternoon Live and BPS show you how to include the food for Earth Day

Make Earth Day every day by collecting kitchen food scraps for your green roll cart

Community Collection Events offer neighbors spring cleaning disposal options

These events do not accept household hazardous waste, construction demolition and remodeling debris and asbestos-containing materials.

Now you get a dime instead of a nickel at bottle return centers

Deposit on bottles increased to a dime.

Community recycling offers options beyond the curb

Portland residents have many options to properly dispose of a wide variety of items, however, there are some materials that cannot be left at the curb – we call these materials “non-curbside” items.

Recycling options for old electronics after the holidays

New gadget? Recycle your old electronics at a collection site. Over 40 Portland collection sites accept your old electronics!

After taking down your tree

A few easy options for holiday tree collection

No holiday changes to your collection schedule in 2016

When holidays fall on a Sunday, your pick-up day doesn’t change

Winter Curbsider 2016

The latest edition of the Portland Curbsider.

Got extra garbage that won’t fit in your cart?

Homeowners and renters have options for taking care of extra holiday garbage and bulky items.

VIDEO: Top 10 Waste-Free Gifts on KATU Afternoon Live

From BPS partner resourcefulpdx.com

What to do when winter weather delays pick-up of your garbage, recycling and composting

During exceptionally cold or icy conditions, driving may be hazardous and the collection of garbage, recycling and composting may be delayed or postponed.

Warm the holidays with these community gift ideas

From BPS partner ResourcefulPDX.com

Thanks Portland, You’re Amazing!

Can you believe Portland residents have been composting food scraps at the curb for five years now?

How Portlanders can make the most of holiday food scraps

The holiday season often brings more food, festivities and the potential for increased waste. This year, include the food by making sure your holiday food scraps and leftovers end up in the green Portland Composts! roll cart.

Celebrating Autumn and five years of food scraps

In 2015, Portlanders collected more than 75,000 tons of yard debris and food scraps.

VIDEO: Watch where your curbside recycling goes and how it’s processed

Have you been curious about what happens to your recycling after it leaves the curb?

Get extra credit with your school supplies

From BPS partner Resourceful PDX

Reuse rules in Portland

Free online tools will help you find a new home for practically anything you want to toss.

Quick reference guide to curbside garbage, composting and recycling

Use this guide for weekly composting and recycling and every-other-week garbage collection for residents living in a single family home, duplex, triplex or fourplex.

Threading connections through repair

From resourcefulpdx.com, volunteer "fixer" Marie Corell helps people continue using items they cherish rather than throwing them away

Digging into summer projects with borrowed tools

From resourcefulpdx.com, volunteers and members share their experiences at the Northeast Portland Tool Library

From the curb to the garden, your composted food scraps matter

Include all your food scraps in the green Portland Composts! roll cart. It results in nutrient-rich compost and reduces waste headed to the landfill.

Building community with a love of food

From resourcefulpdx.com, Gabbi Haber shares her experiences with Northeast Portland kitchen tool library

Swapping is more than give and take

From resourcefulpdx.com, Shay Mullins shares her experiences at Portland area swap events

Rates going down for garbage, recycling and compost

Portland residents will see a decrease on their 2016-2017 monthly bills.

Recycling reminders for common items

What goes where at the curb and beyond

Make spring cleaning easy with Community Collection Events

Community Collection Events offer Portland residents a wide range of proper disposal options for household bulky waste while prioritizing and promoting recycling and reuse.

Community recycling offers options beyond the curb

Recycle batteries, electronics, lightbulbs and many other items at free community events.

Increase the green in 2016: Prepare

This new year, include simple changes for health and happiness with sustainable resolutions that stick.

Increase the green in 2016: Organize

This new year, include simple changes for health and happiness with sustainable resolutions that stick.

Increase the green in 2016: Share

This new year, include simple changes for health and happiness with sustainable resolutions that stick.

Increase the green in 2016: Declutter

This new year, include simple changes for health and happiness with sustainable resolutions that stick.

Increase the green in 2016: Simplify

This new year, include simple changes for health and happiness with sustainable resolutions that stick.

How to compost your holiday tree

After enjoying your tree and other holiday greenery, prepare them appropriately for compost pick-up.

Here’s how to handle extra garbage during the holidays

Extra bags or cans, and some larger items, can be picked up at the curb for an extra fee.

Holiday schedule changes for Friday residential curbside customers only

No collections on Friday, December 25, 2015 or Friday, January 1, 2016. Collections will be on Saturday, December 26, and Saturday, January 2. All other days are regular pick-up days.

DIY home projects start with salvage and reuse

From BPS partner Resourceful PDX

Toss your leaves and pumpkins in the green Portland Composts! roll cart

Have a big mound of fallen leaves? Ready to get rid of rotting jack-o-lanterns? We’ve got you covered!

Oregon takes steps toward more reuse

From BPS partner Resourceful PDX

Creative DIY costume ideas for Halloween

From BPS partner Resourceful PDX

Become a Master Recycler!

Learn. Inspire. Make a difference. Register for Sept/Oct course by August 5.

Portland Community ToolBank lends tools to charitable organizations

From partner website www.resourcefulpdx.com

Does this plastic go in the blue roll cart?

Yogurt style tubs and bottles with a neck are just two of the many plastic items that are accepted at the curb. This illustration helps when you have a plastic item in question.

Spring brings cleanup events to your neighborhood

Over 40 neighborhood cleanup events are scheduled around Portland in April and May 2015

Set up a waste collection system that works for your household

Whether you are new to Portland, a longtime resident or often host out-of-town guests, these tips will help you get the right materials in the right place

Fix-It Fair connects you to community resources

Join Be Cart Smart and Resourceful PDX at this free event to get tips on using your roll carts, and how to save more and live more at home

Oregon’s electronics recycling program expands its scope

Starting January 1, 2015, you can recycle your computer “peripherals” – keyboards and mice – as well as desktop printers

Reminder About Holiday Curbside Collection Schedule Changes

Curbside collection changes for 2014-15 holidays, in English, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese

Holiday Schedule Changes in Six Languages

Curbside collection changes for 2014-15 holidays, in English, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese

Sports fan or outdoorsy type still on your gift list?

Resourceful PDX offers gift ideas for sports fans, game day hosts and outdoor enthusiasts.

Prepare your tree for curbside composting

Removing all tinsel, lights, ornaments, wire, nails, stands and other materials that cannot be composted with the tree.

Gifts of time or service help big families enjoy the holidays even more

From resourcefulpdx.com: Whether you give a gift of your own time, or buy a service gift from a Portland business, you can show you care without breaking the bank.

For family and friends who have it all, share the bounty of the Northwest

From resourcefulpdx.com: Find inspiration for out-of-the-box gifts this holiday season.

Give busy parents a "time out" this holiday season

From resourcefulpdx.com: Looking for a gift idea for busy parents or young professionals? Give them an excuse to get some time away together.

Portland residents show their food scraps are too good to waste

Nearly 80 percent of households are composting, and three-quarters of residents feel good about curbside collection service

Holiday Schedule Changes in Six Languages

Curbside collection changes for 2014-15 holidays, in English, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese

Sorting through the holidays

Reuse what you can, then use this handy guide to help you manage the extra waste that often comes with the holidays.

Making the most of Thanksgiving leftovers

Use your turkey bones to make stock, get creative with leftovers, then compost the rest

Eight options to help you find the right kitchen compost container

For small or large households or anyone in between, these tips will help you find a system that works

Curbside composting tip: The green Portland Composts! roll cart wants your jack-o-lanterns!

Remember to compost your holiday pumpkins and gourds, along with all food scraps and yard and garden waste

Garbage service tip: Curbside collection service for renters of houses or smallplexes (2-4 units)

Landlords are responsible for setting up and paying for service for their tenants

Resourceful PDX: Save money by packing waste-free lunches for school

Visit resourcefulpdx.com for more tips to save more and live more