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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:

RICAP 7 Discussion Draft Available for Public Review Soon

Draft code amendments to address design review, pre-application requests, household living uses, height measurement methods and Ladd’s Addition Street Tree Guidelines

Since 2002, Portlanders have been helping to refine the City’s Zoning Code through a process called the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Program. More recently, these efforts have taken form through Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Packages — or RICAPs, for short. Now on its seventh workplan, the program will release a RICAP 7 Discussion Draft report in January 2015.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission approved the RICAP 7 workplan on August 26, 2014. Since then, the Code Development Team has been evaluating a list of 45 regulatory improvement requests from the public. These cover minor clarifications in code language and technical code corrections as well as slight changes to existing policies.

The minor policy changes include more efficient processes for modifying design review approvals, restricting concurrent submittals of pre-application requests with land use applications, clarifying the definition of household living uses in group living situations, evaluating height measurement methodologies, and clarifying the Ladd's Addition District Street Tree Guidelines.

Read a summary of all the requested changes.

How the code amendments are selected
Staff researches the regulatory improvement requests by looking at prior ordinances and code commentary as well as state and federal legal requirements and mandates. The project team also looks at examples from comparable cities, then constructs conceptual code amendments for consideration. These concepts are vetted with planners responsible for implementing the regulations (typically within the Bureau of Development Services) and refined to ensure the amendment will be feasible and effective.

Once the code amendment concepts are developed, additional commentary is added to provide rationale and intent for the proposed change. This commentary helps both the public and others who review the proposed changes to better understand the nature and impact of the change. Commentary in the code also informs later code amendment project research. The code amendments and commentary are then assembled into the Discussion Draft for more widespread review and input.

As with RICAP 6, the public will have roughly two months to review and comment on the proposed changes in RICAP 7. This input will then be incorporated into a formal Proposed Draft, which will be presented at a public hearing to the Planning and Sustainability Commission in April 2015.

So stay tuned for the Discussion Draft release in January and opportunities to provide your feedback. And for more information, visit the project website