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News and Tips on Garbage, Recycling, Composting and Reducing Waste at Home


Autumn means decaying leaves and sad, mushy pumpkins for compost bins

Fallen leaves and rotting jack-o-lanterns belong in the green bin.

Compost your Halloween pumpkinsFrom pumpkins and gourds to fallen tree fruit and pruned items, they all 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 fall 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.

This is also the time of year to include seasonal food scraps like apple and pear cores and leftover or half-eaten candy (wrappers belong in the garbage).

From early November to mid-December, removing leaves from our streets is critical: Leaves clog storm drains, flood intersections and make streets slippery.

In Portland, the Leaf Day Districts and Schedule show residents where the highest concentration of mature street trees and leaves are located. The service covers 52 districts which is about one third of the city. These streets require more equipment and crew-power to clean and maintain. 

Don’t forget: There are roll cart weight limits, especially with heavy pumpkins and wet leaves. The 60-gallon green compost roll carts have a 135-pound limit.

Deliver your greasy pizza box to the compost cart

Pizza delivery boxes belong in the green Portland Composts! roll cart

Does back to school time have you ordering pizza delivery or picking up a pizza on-the-go?

pizza box compostingUs too!

Remember: Greasy pizza boxes cannot be recycled. Yes, pizza boxes are cardboard, but the paper fibers cannot be separated from the oil during the manufacturing process that converts cardboard into paper pulp.

Use your green curbside compost cart instead. That goes for any pizza delivery boxes from places all over Portland. One exception: Frozen pizza boxes belong in the garbage.

Find more compost tips at www.portlandcomposts.com.

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Oregon E-Cycles turns 10

Statewide electronics recycling program celebrates 10 years

TVs and monitors being loaded into truck

The statewide electronics recycling program, Oregon E-Cycles, turns 10 this summer. That’s 10 years of free recycling options for Oregonians.

Residents can take computers (desktops, laptops and tablets), monitors, TVs and printers to participating Oregon E-Cycles collection sites for free recycling. Computer peripherals (keyboards and mice) are also accepted at no cost.

Obey the law: Don’t put electronics in the garbage

Ecycles logo and illustrations of electronics

Due to this producer responsibility program, remember that it is against Oregon state law for anyone to throw computers, monitors, TVs and printers in the trash. They must be taken to a participating electronics recycling collection site.

It is legal to throw peripherals, such as keyboards and mice, into the trash, however recycling is encouraged. Especially because our modern-day electronic devices contain toxic materials, such as lead, cadmium and mercury, which can be dangerous if even small amounts are released into the air, water or soil.

Find a collector in Portland, where there are over 40 locations to drop off up to seven items at a time.

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Two changes starting July 1, 2019: New garbage rates and collection schedule

There are new garbage rates and schedule changes for residential customers.

Garbage bills are changing

Portland City Council approved a garbage and recycling bill increase in May to cover higher fees for processing yard debris and food scraps and a surcharge for the voter-approved Portland Clean Energy Fund. Rates for most customers will go up by 2% to 3% beginning July 1, 2019. That is approximately $.75 more per month.

Find the new rates online or call your garbage and recycling company.

Curbside collection schedules

collection schedule purple

The 2019-2020 Garbage Collection Schedule is out! Portland residents are sent one of two versions (orange or purple) based on street address because garbage and recycling company routes vary around the city. Find your schedule at www.garbagedayreminders.com.

As a reminder, there are no schedule changes for holidays, except two twice a year – Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. That means collection takes place as usual on July 4 for Thursday customers.