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PSC News: June 14, 2016 Meeting Information and Documents

Task 5: Community Involvement Program — hearing / recommendation; Title 17 (Street Vacations / TDM) — work session / recommendation


  • Community Involvement Committee — hearing/recommendation
  • Title 17 — work session/recommendation

Meeting files

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

Rates going down for garbage, recycling and compost

Portland residents will see a decrease on their 2016-2017 monthly bills.

The Portland City Council has approved 2016-2017 rates for residential garbage, recycling and composting service. The monthly cost will decrease for many customers. Every year, the City sets residential garbage, recycling and composting collection rates based on a thorough evaluation of the cost to provide these services to residents.

This is the fourth year in a row that Portland has maintained or lowered rates for residential garbage, recycling and compost collection. The decrease is due in part to Portlanders throwing away less garbage, and garbage and recycling companies operating with increased efficiency. 

“Portlanders are doing their part in making our city more sustainable by decreasing garbage waste and increasing recycling and composting. And now our garbage and recycling companies are working more efficiently, with cleaner trucks," Mayor Charlie Hales said. “Keeping rates steady or reducing them provides an incentive to continue that trend, and I’m pleased we're able to do so for the fourth consecutive year.”

In June, Portlanders living in residential houses or smallplexes will receive the twice-yearly Curbsider garbage and recycling newsletter with the 2016-2017 curbside collection schedule. Rates can be found online at Residents can also look up their curbside collection schedule and sign up for weekly garbage day reminders online at

Rates for 2016-2017 will go into effect on July 1 and will be available online on June 20, 2016. Rates can be found by calling your garbage and recycling company or by visiting

Recycling reminders for common items

What goes where at the curb and beyond

Keep these items out of your recycling bin:

bag bottle caps lids clamshell frozen food box To go coffee cup and lidBatteries

In the article, “7 things to keep out of your recycling bin,” Metro highlights seven common household and kitchen items that do not belong in your curbside containers. Materials not accepted in the blue Portland Recycles! roll cart are the same as Metro’s list, with the one caveat—pizza boxes go in your green Portland Composts! roll cart.

Here are a few tips of what goes where at the curb and beyond.

Plastics: Size and shape is what’s important. Bottle, tubs, buckets that are 6 ounces or larger and plant pots 4 inches or larger can be added to the blue Portland Recycles! roll carts. Smaller items can be recycled beyond the curb at various locations, or put them in the garbage. 

Paper: Most types of paper are accepted in your roll cart. Newspapers, magazines, catalogs, phone books, cardboard boxes, scrap paper, cartons (milk, juice, soup) and shredded paper contained in a paper bag.

Note: City of Portland residents who live in houses and smallplexes (2-4 units) should put pizza delivery boxes in the green Portland Composts! roll cart.

Batteries: Regular household alkaline batteries—like AA’s and AAA’s—can be taken to a variety of places, including some hardware stores and other retailers, as well as Metro’s hazardous waste facilities.

Read the full Metro article to learn what to keep out of your recycling and why.

Have a question for Metro Recycling Information Center? Call 503-234-3000 or find a recycler online.

Do you live in an apartment and want information on garbage and recycling? Find information online about multifamily communities of five units and more.

Do you live in a house or smallplex (2-4 units) and want a detailed list of what goes in your curbside containers? Find information online or download a guide in 10 languages.