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Holiday Tree Composting

Prepare your tree for curbside composting

Undecorated holiday tree

After enjoying your tree and other holiday greenery, prepare them appropriately for compost pick-up. Please note that trees will not be accepted with garbage.

Prepare your tree for pick-up by removing all tinsel, lights, ornaments, wire, nails, stands and other materials that cannot be composted with the tree.

Curbside collection: Tree pieces

Cut the trunk and branches into pieces less than 36 inches long and 4 inches in diameter. Bundles must be securely tied with string or twine; weight limit is 45 lbs.

Please ensure that any tree pieces in your green Portland Composts! roll cart do not poke above the lip of the cart; weight limit is 100 lbs.

Put extra bundles or cans at the curb on your collection day for $3.75 each.

Curbside collection: Whole tree

Trees that are 6 feet and under can be put out at the curb on collection day for $4.50.

Please cut larger trees down to 6 feet to ensure driver safety.

Nonprofit collection 

You can also arrange with a nonprofit organization to collect your tree. Fees may range $4–$10. Call Metro’s recycling hotline at 503-234-3000 for drop-off or pick-up information.

Flocked trees
 

Flocked trees cannot be composted and will be collected as garbage for a $5 fee. You must set out the flocked tree on a regularly scheduled garbage collection day.

New and Improved Code Amendments Make It Easier to Remodel Homes in Historic and Conservation Districts

Public invited to comment at Planning and Sustainability Commission hearing

After several months of talking with homeowners, builders and historic preservation advocates, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is presenting revised code amendments designed to respond to the community’s desire for a more streamlined process and lower fees when making modifications to homes in Historic and Conservation Districts. The code amendments are now available for review, and community members are invited to attend a public hearing when the Planning and Sustainability Commission considers the proposed changes on Jan. 22, 2013 at 6 p.m.

Read the Proposed Historic Resources Code Improvement Project Zoning Code Amendments

Event Details
Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission – Public Hearing
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, 6 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, 2nd Floor, Room 2500A

View the agenda: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/psc
Detailed instructions on submitting testimony: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/383906

How did we get here?
Staff kicked off the project in the summer of 2012 and released an Issues and Opportunities Paper in September to start the community conversation. The paper included information about issues and concerns related to Portland’s historic resource regulations and ideas for potential code changes. The conversation continued through the fall with City staff attending numerous meetings to discuss the project scope, identifying issues, and getting feedback on ideas for minor code amendments.

On Dec. 10, 2012, the Historic Landmarks Commission held a public hearing and responded to the draft code amendments in the Discussion Draft. At the hearing, the Commission listened to testimony from approximately 15 community members, who shared a variety of comments ranging from general support for the amendment package to concerns about relaxing the review process for historic structures. The proposed zoning code amendments respond to that feedback.

New details about the Residential Energy Efficiency Federal Tax Credit

Federal tax credit extended for purchases made in 2013

Did you make energy efficiency improvements to your home in 2011-2013? Receive a federal tax credit for energy efficiency improvements in the building envelope of existing homes and for the purchase of high-efficiency heating, cooling and water-heating equipment.

Efficiency improvements or equipment must serve a dwelling in the United States that is owned and used by the taxpayer as a primary residence.The maximum tax credit for all improvements made in 2011, 2012, and 2013 is $500. The cap includes tax credits for any improvements made in any previous year. If a taxpayer claimed $500 or more of these tax credits in any previous year, any purchases made in 2011, 2012, or 2013 will be ineligible for a tax credit.

Learn more here: http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/incentive.cfm?Incentive_Code=US43F

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