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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

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1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 110, Portland, OR 97204

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Eight options to help you find the right kitchen compost container

Metal, plastic, ceramic and bamboo containers

Whether you are new to food scrap collection, are in a new home, or just need a new system, these tips can help you find a kitchen compost container that works for you.

For a smaller household, an empty quart-sized yogurt container works well and cleans up easily in the dishwasher.

A large bucket with a lid can work for a bigger household. Store it under the kitchen sink or next to the garbage can.

Look for something that fits your space and style. Metro sells a two-gallon kitchen composter for $8. Options abound in the housewares department of many local stores.

While neither the City of Portland nor your garbage and recycling company provide pails, just about any container with a lid will work for collecting your food scraps. The key is to choose a size and location that make it easy to use, to empty (into the green composting roll cart), and to keep clean. Remember, you can line the container with newspapers, a paper bag or approved compostable bags.

View how-to videos on food scrap collection, lining your container, keeping your containers clean, or read even more information on composting.

Need help remembering garbage day?
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Have a question for our Curbside Hotline Operator?
Submit your question online or call 503-823-7202.