Portland residents have been composting food scraps through curbside collection for five years — and the results have been fantastic! We’ve done a great job of collecting material from our kitchens and yards so nutrient-rich compost can be created for farmers, gardeners and landscapers and used to suppress weeds, conserve water and improve the health of the soil.
In the last five years, Portlanders collected more than 75,000 tons of yard debris and food scraps. That’s enough compost to fill a four-story building the size of Pioneer Courthouse Square. Keep up the good work!
After celebrating autumn holidays, remember to compost pumpkins and gourds in the green roll cart too. This is the time of year to include seasonal food scraps like apple and pear cores and leftover or half-eaten candy (without wrappers). Pruned items, yard debris and fallen tree fruit also go in the green Portland Composts! roll cart.
Yard debris includes weeds, leaves, vines, grass, flowers, plant clippings and small branches (less than 4 inches thick and 36 inches long). Large branches that may come down during storms or stumps that are too big for your curbside container can be collected by your garbage and recycling company with advance notice (and extra fees) or taken to a recycling depot.
Watch the weight!
Don’t forget there are roll cart weight limits, especially with heavy pumpkins and wet leaves. The 60-gallon green composting roll carts have a 135-pound limit.
From mid-November to mid-December, removing leaves from our streets is critical because they can clog storm drains, flood intersections and make streets slippery. Some Portland residents have street tree Leaf Day Pickup based on where they live.
Are you in a Leaf Day Pickup area?
Find out here or call 503-865-LEAF (5323).