Pumpkins and gourds, along with pruned items, yard debris and fallen tree fruit go in the green Portland Composts! roll cart. This is also the time of year to include seasonal food scraps like apple and pear cores and leftover or half-eaten candy (without wrappers).
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 early November to mid-December, removing leaves from our streets is critical: Leaving leaves on the street 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 on the Leaf Day Pickup website or call 503-865-LEAF (5323).
Need help remembering garbage day?
Visit www.garbagedayreminders.com to sign up for weekly reminder emails and the occasional winter weather collection alert.