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The City of Portland, Oregon

Planning and Sustainability

Innovation. Collaboration. Practical Solutions.

Phone: 503-823-7700

Curbside Hotline: 503-823-7202

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201

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Event Signage

  • Download our ready-to-go signs We've created signs with common items ready for your next event

  • Make your own! To get your guests attention (and the food scraps into the compost) you can write in text to get the cookies – and a smile.

  • Use custom signs to correct confusion If certain items consistently showing up in the wrong container, try adding a temporary poster to emphasize where materials should go.

  • Learn more about event signage Our free technical assistance can help event planners divert waste from the landfill by increasing recycling and collecting food scraps.

The best signs are simple

We’ve created ready-to-go signs which you can download and print, or use our Signmaker to create custom signs for your event.

Tip: If you keep the focus only on items people will find at your event, it will be faster and easier for them to figure out what goes where. Most food related event waste – such as disposable cups, plates and napkins – isn’t recyclable or compostable. So if you’ll be serving drinks in bottles or cans, you can make signs showing just those items.

And if you’re hosting a big event (100 or more attending), arrange to use our free durable event signs and containers with an email or call to Portland Event Recycling at 503-725-5147.

Make your own

Try our Signmaker and make your own recycling, compost, and garbage signs

Print ready-to-go signs

Printable signs to help attendees at events in Portland recycle and compost correctly