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1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 110, Portland, OR 97204
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 4, 2012
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Office: 503-823-3660 Cell: 503-453-9410
The City of Portland announces the one-year anniversary of curbside composting and shares holiday waste reduction tips
PORTLAND, Ore. – This holiday season marks the one-year anniversary of Portland’s new Curbside Collection Service. The new service includes the addition of food scraps along with yard debris to the green Portland Composts! roll cart, and the switch to every-other-week garbage pick-up. The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) has collected data on the new Curbside Collection Service over the past year and the results are impressive.
One Year of Curbside Composting
BPS will present a full one-year report on the Curbside Collection Service to Portland City Council on December 5, 2012. Highlights from the report include:
“Portland residents have really stepped up to the plate with curbside composting and it shows in the 40 percent reduction in garbage,” said Mayor Sam Adams. “It’s an achievement that will inspire other cities and one we can feel really proud of.”
To view the full one-year anniversary Curbside Collection Service report, find helpful information on your collection schedule, sign up for weekly email collection reminders and more, visit www.portlandcomposts.com.
With all the festive meals, activities and gifts that accompany the holiday season, now is a great time to learn even more ways to save space in your garbage container, reduce waste and make composting easy.
Include the Food!
Make composting simple and accessible:
Extra Holiday Garbage
After all the holiday entertaining and gift giving, your household may have extra garbage. You can set out an extra bag on your collection day for $5. Extra garbage must be 32 gallons or smaller and weigh 55 lbs. or less. Renters should arrange with landlords to authorize extra garbage collection.
Holiday Tree Composting
Trees up to six feet tall can be put out at the curb on your collection day for $4.50. You may put tree trunks and branches less than 36 inches long and four inches in diameter in your green Portland Composts! roll cart.
You can also arrange with a nonprofit organization to collect your tree. Call Metro’s recycling hotline at 503-234-3000 for drop-off or pick-up information.
Green Holiday Gift Giving
BPS’s Be Resourceful program provides eco-friendly holiday tips to help you Save More and Live More this holiday season. Visit www.resourcefulpdx.com for ideas of gifts of experience and resources for local crafts and holiday décor.
About the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS)
Through partnerships and collaboration, BPS develops innovative and practical solutions to create and enhance a prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable city. The bureau provides: Citywide strategic and comprehensive land use planning; neighborhood, district, economic, historic and environmental research, planning and urban design; policy and services to advance energy efficiency, green building, waste reduction, composting and recycling, solar and renewable energy use, and local sustainable food production; as well as actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change. For more information, visit www.portlandonline.com/bps.