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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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Pack less, waste less at summer picnics

From backyard barbeques to picnics at movies and concerts in the park, summer offers many opportunities to eat and play outside. How you pack your picnic matters. Plan ahead so that fewer items end up in the garbage can at the park.

Choose Durables

reusable plate, flatware and mug

Avoid Disposables

single use plate, flatware and cup

Choose to reuse: Skip disposables and pack durable, non-breakable dishes and real silverware. Grab some cloth napkins that can be used as placemats on your blanket for easy clean up. Pack out and recycle cans and bottles that you use

Reminders: Paper plates, plastic ware, paper and plastic cups are all garbage. These items — even if they are labeled as compostable plastic — do not belong in the recycling or composting roll carts.

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Submit your question online or call 503-823-7202.