For a reasonable donation / fee, Portland residents can participate in the over 40 Community Collection Events scheduled in April and May. Materials accepted at collection events vary, from bulky items like furniture, mattresses and appliances, to items for recycling and reuse like scrap metal and household goods.
Community Collection Events welcome a wide range of Portland residents, including seniors and people with disabilities. Portland’s Neighborhood Coalitions, the City of Portland, and Metro collaborate to sponsor these events to invest in and build community capacity, including advancing equity, waste reduction and reuse.
Items not accepted at these events include: Hazardous waste materials; all construction, remodeling or demolition materials (see examples below); all kitchen garbage; residential yard debris and trimmings; commercial landscaping; roofing; waste and recyclables collected curbside; and waste not allowed at a regional transfer station.
Read the FAQ about asbestos containing materials at the Metro transfer stations. New rules apply as of April 1, 2017.
Your support in protecting neighborhood volunteers and transfer station staff from exposure to asbestos and keeping our neighborhoods clean and safe is appreciated.
Need to find contact information for your neighborhood association?
Contact the Office of Neighborhood Involvement or call 503-823-4519.
Have bulky items at other times of the year?
Your garbage and recycling company can remove large items that are not reusable or recyclable for an extra charge. Here are some tips:
- Call your company a week in advance and they will give you a cost estimate.
- For a reasonable charge, they will pick up appliances, furniture, large branches, stumps and other big items.
- For curbside pickup, set bulky items at your curb on the day your garbage and recycling company has agreed to pick them up.