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Make spring cleaning easy with Community Collection Events

Community Collection Events offer Portland residents a wide range of proper disposal options for household bulky waste while prioritizing and promoting recycling and reuse.

Collection of electronics to be disposed

With over 40 neighborhood cleanup events scheduled around Portland in April and May, residents all over the city will have a chance to remove unwanted clutter from their homes, basements and garages. 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.

As funding sponsors of these events, both BPS and Metro are providing more information about asbestos and prohibiting some materials from Community Collection Events.

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; and waste and recyclables collected curbside.

Examples of high risk construction materials suspected of containing asbestos:
Flooring: vinyl tiles, vinyl sheet, mastic
Walls: plaster, decorative plaster
Siding: cement siding shingles “Transite”
Ceilings: acoustical tiles, “popcorn” and spray-on texture
Insulation: spray-applied, blown-in, vermiculite, pipe, HVAC and lagging
Electrical: wire insulation, panel partitions
Other: fire doors, fire brick, fire proofing

Your support in protecting neighborhood volunteers and transfer station staff from exposure to asbestos and keeping our neighborhoods clean and safe is appreciated.

Find details about Community Collection Events hosted by neighborhood associations or community groups through your neighborhood coalition office:
Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN)
East Portland Neighborhood Office (EPNO)
Neighbors West/Northwest (NW/NW)
North Portland Neighborhood Services (NPNS)
Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN)
Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition (SEUL) 
Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI)

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. 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. 

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Residential Infill Stakeholder Advisory Committee discusses alternative housing options that would promote middle housing types

Concept would create more housing choices for people of all ages, incomes and abilities; City Council holding hearings on related amendments to Comprehensive Plan Update.

The Residential Infill Project (RIP) is developing regulatory concepts that address the scale of new housing and remodels as well as appropriate types and locations for alternative housing options in single-dwelling zones.

Alternative housing options support middle housing
At their April 5 meeting, the RIP Advisory Committee (SAC) discussed alternative housing options that would promote relatively smaller, less expensive residential units in portions of select single-dwelling zones. This type of housing – typically in the form of duplexes, tri- and fourplexes, garden apartments, and cottage clusters – is referred to as “middle housing”; housing types between single-family homes and multi-family apartments. Middle housing accommodates a greater diversity of household sizes, incomes and ages, and serves the changing needs of households over time.

City Council amendment
The Residential Infill  SAC discussion corresponds with a City Council amendment to the Comprehensive Plan Update that encourages the production of more middle housing in Portland. The amendment (#P45 on page 22 of the amendment report) would add the following language to Chapter 5, Housing of the Portland Comprehensive Plan:

Enable and encourage development of middle housing. This includes multi-unit or clustered residential buildings that provide relatively smaller, less expensive units; more units; and a scale transition between the core of the mixed use center and surrounding single family areas. Apply zoning that would allow this within a quarter mile of designated centers, where appropriate, and within the Inner Ring around the Central City.

In the amendment report, staff noted that policy support for middle housing in general is already part of the Recommended Draft Comp Plan forwarded by the Planning and Sustainability Commission to the City Council. However, this additional new policy takes the concept further; it reflects greater understanding from the Comp Plan process about the need for and benefits of middle housing. It also acknowledges that middle housing is particularly valuable for meeting equity and affordability goals, when located in high opportunity areas such as centers.

Staff also noted that implementation of this policy will entail extensive consultation with the public on the form, amount and location of middle housing appropriate to meet Comprehensive Plan goals. 

Public hearings on Comp Plan amendments
City Council has scheduled public hearings on April 14 and 20 to hear testimony on all their amendments to the Recommended Comprehensive Plan, including this middle housing amendment. Read more about the Comp Plan amendments.

Next steps and public input for Residential Infill Project
Project staff are preparing for public review of the Residential Infill Project’s regulatory concepts this summer. Outreach events have not been finalized, but they will include a series of open houses throughout the city, targeted outreach to stakeholders who were not well represented in our previous public outreach survey, as well as providing information to other interested groups.

If your group/organization is interested in learning more about this project, please contact Julia Gisler (see below) to discuss ways to engage your group. Staff may be available to attend a meeting or share information about the project in other ways.

For more information about the Residential Infill Project visit the project website at or contact Julia Gisler at 503-823-7624 or

PSC News: April 12, 2016 Meeting Recap

RW #8070, SW Florida St west of SW 45th — hearing/recommendation; Task 5: Transportation System Plan — work session/recommendation; Task 5: Residential & Open Space Zoning Map — hearing


  • RW #8070, SW Florida St west of SW 45th — hearing/recommendation
  • Task 5: Transportation System Plan — work session/recommendation
  • Task 5: Residential & Open Space Zoning Map — hearing**

** The Task 5: Residential & Open Space Zoning Map agenda item is a public hearing, and testimony will be taken. Testimony will be limited to 2 minutes per person and may be changed at the Chair’s discretion. Testimony cards/sign-up will begin at 12:00 p.m.

Meeting Files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at

New parking regulations for the NW Plan District considered by Planning and Sustainability Commission

Commissioners passed on minimum parking standards for new multi-dwelling construction but voted to recommend “shared parking” in the district.

The Northwest Parking Update Project had a hearing before the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) on March 8, 2016. Staff had proposed changes to two parking-related regulations in the Northwest Plan District:

  1. Adding minimum parking standards for new multi-dwelling development with more than 30 units.
  2. Liberalizing existing rules that allow accessory parking to be used as commercial parking in the Residential and Central Employment zones (sometimes referred to as “shared parking”). For example, this would allow spaces in a private parking garage to be rented by non-users (e.g., Legacy’s staff and patient parking garage).

The PSC did not recommend support for the parking minimums portion, based on concerns about a potential impact on housing affordability, whether directly via increased building costs or indirectly by reduced supply. But Commissioners voted to recommend forwarding the “shared parking” changes.

City Council will hold a public hearing on the NW Parking Update project on July 6, 2016. Check the Auditor’s website for details and to confirm.

For more information, visit