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Ask the Curbside Hotline Operator: Can I get a replacement yellow bin?

Yellow glass recycling bin

Q: My yellow glass recycling bin went missing. Can I get another one?

A: Yes, call your garbage and recycling company to request one. Or use another rigid plastic, reusable container labeled with a Glass Only sticker provided by your garbage and recycling company.

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Portland residents show their food scraps are too good to waste

Nearly 80 percent of households are composting, and three-quarters of residents feel good about curbside collection service

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Portland’s curbside food scrap collection program just had its third birthday! 

Since 2011, Portland residents have turned over 200,000 tons of yard debris and food scraps into rich compost for healthier farms and gardens. That’s like filling 50 Olympic size swimming pools to the brim with compost!

Now almost 80 percent of Portland households are adding food scraps to their green composting roll cart. With all of your help, Portland has reduced garbage going to landfill by 36 percent since the food scrap collection program started three years ago.

Compost works. And we like it!

A recent citywide survey showed Portlanders love their curbside compost, recycling and garbage service and rate it more highly than almost any other city service. Nearly three‑quarters of residents feel “very good” or “good” about their curbside collection.

Looking for ways to make food scrap collection work even better for you?  Get information about successful food scrap collection, including how-to videos at

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Holiday Schedule Changes in Six Languages

Curbside collection changes for 2014-15 holidays, in English, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese

Holiday collection schedule changes

No collections on Thursday, December 25, 2014 or Thursday, January 1, 2015. All other holidays are regular pick-up days.

Also view holiday schedule changes in these languages:

Изменения расписания сбора мусора, утиля и компоста в праздничный сезон (Russian)

垃圾、可回收物及堆肥收集的节假日时间变更 (Simplified Chinese)

Macluumaadka Jadwalka Maalmaha Fasaxa ah ee Qashinka, Dib u isticmaalida qashinka “Recycling” iyo Hawlaha Bacriminta (Somali)

Cambios al programa para recolección de basura, reciclaje y desechos orgánicos (Spanish)

Ngày Lễ Thay Đổi Lịch Trình về lấy Rác, Tái Chế Biến và Làm Phân Bón (Vietnamese)

Sorting through the holidays

Reuse what you can, then use this handy guide to help you manage the extra waste that often comes with the holidays.

Wondering what to do with the packaging and other "stuff" generated by the holidays?

Many items can be reused, such as bows, ribbons, padded envelopes, gift bags and boxes.

Other items can be recycled at a local depot. These items include spent batteries, broken strings of lights, block Styrofoam or packing peanuts and miscellaneous plastics. Contact Metro to find a convenient recycling depot location that accepts the items you want to recycle.

Finally, here's a refresher on what goes where for curbside pickup.

How to sort holiday waste

For more information on how to recycle at the curb, view the full Garbage, Recycling and Composting Guide.

The guide is also available in these languages: