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PSC News: February 24, 2015 Meeting Recap and Materials

Comprehensive Plan Update — work session; Transportation System Plan — hearing


  • Comprehensive Plan — work session
  • Transportation System Plan — hearing

Meeting files

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

Ask the Curbside Hotline Operator: Who picks up my garbage?

Curbside collection containers

Q: Who picks up my garbage – the City of Portland or a private company?

A: Private companies provide curbside collection to households in franchised areas of the city. The company you have depends on where you live. The City oversees these companies and sets city-wide rates and service options.

Whether you are buying a house for the first time, or moving across town, find the company that services your area online and sign up for free email reminders at

For future reference, the name and phone number of your garbage and recycling company is on your bill or the side of the green composting and blue recycling roll carts.

Have a question for our Curbside Hotline Operator?
Submit your question online or call 503-823-7202.

West Quadrant Plan City Council Hearing on Proposed Amendments Moved to March 5, 2015

Hearing moved to allow additional time for consideration of testimony

The City Council Hearing originally scheduled for February 25 has been moved to Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 2 p.m., time certain.  A great deal of testimony and amendment proposals were received and more time is needed to carefully consider the feedback.

A list of the proposed amendments will be posted to the City Council’s website on Friday, February 27, 2015 and testimony specific to those potential amendments will be taken at the hearing.

The West Quadrant Plan is a long-range plan for Central City districts west of the Willamette River, including Downtown, the West End, Goose Hollow, the Pearl, Old Town/Chinatown, South Waterfront and South Downtown/University. For more information, please visit

Fix-It Fair deepens community connections

Next Fix-It Fair happens this Saturday at David Douglas High School

The City of Portland is hosting its 28th annual Fix-It Fair season, creating a rich and inclusive community event where Portlanders from various backgrounds can learn new ways to save money, improve their homes and live healthier lives. At the recent January Fix-It Fair, more than 60 community partners provided workshops and resources for attendees who spoke more than five languages.

But making connections with all the communities who enjoy attending the Fix-It Fair event leverages the network of many community partners.

For example, Irene Konev, co-chair of the Slavic Advisory Council to the Chief of Police’s Office, connected BPS to student interpreters from Portland State University’s Russian Flagship Program who were looking for ways to apply their skills and serve community.

Through Portland Public Schools, we connected with Russian-speaking parents interested in attending the fair and in need of interpretation services. The student interpreters helped one parent understand how to address a mold situation at home from the Multnomah County Environmental Health exhibit.

For the upcoming Fix-It Fair this weekend, we offer a Spanish-language workshop track and we spread the word via a partnership with KUNP – Univisión Portland. Watch our commercial!

FIFNot familiar with the Fix-It Fair? It’s a free event where you can learn simple and effective ways to save money at home and stay healthy this winter and beyond. Featuring exhibits from numerous community partners, FIF includes an extensive schedule of workshops held throughout the day. Volunteers from a variety of community organizations share expertise about water and energy savings, personal health, food and nutrition, community resources, recycling, yard care and more!

Details about this Saturday's Fix-It Fair

Special workshops taught in Spanish are offered at the David Douglas Fair this weekend. Free professional childcare and lunch are also provided.

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. ¡Clases en español!

David Douglas High School
1001 SE 135th Ave​

To find out more information about scheduled workshops, visit (en español: or like us on Facebook at

To receive information and reminders about upcoming fairs, email

The Fix-It Fairs are presented by the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability with support from the following sponsors: Energy Trust of Oregon, Pacific Power, Portland Water Bureau and KUNP Univision.

A special thank you goes to those City of Portland bureaus and offices that participate in the fairs:​ ​Auditor's Independent Police Review, Bureau of Development Services, Bureau of Environmental Services, Bureau of Transportation, Office of the Ombudsman, Portland Housing Bureau, Portland Parks and Recreation and Water Bureau.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing equal access. If you need special accommodation, interpretation or translation, please call 503-823-4309, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

Deadline extended for new Master Recycler volunteer training in Clackamas County

Applications due March 19, 2015 at noon

master recycler volunteers

What does it take for the metro area to maintain one of the best recycling rates in the country? It takes more than 1,300 dedicated Master Recycler volunteers! 

The Master Recycler program, which serves Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties, is seeking new volunteers for its spring training. Though the next class takes place in Clackamas County, residents from any of the three counties may register.

An eight-week course on the latest information on waste prevention and recycling. All who complete the course then commit 30 volunteer hours to share what they’ve learned with neighbors, coworkers and their community at events and workshops.

Course details

WHAT: Clackamas County 8-week spring course and 30-hour volunteer program.

WHEN: Eight consecutive Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. starting on April 1 and two Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 18 and May 9.

WHERE: Clackamas County Bldg., 150 Beavercreek Rd., Oregon City.

COST: $50 fee to cover course materials. Limited scholarships are available.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 19, 2015 at noon.

Please visit for details and to apply.

About the Master Recycler Program

Serving the Portland metro region, the Master Recycler Program bridges the gap between awareness and action by motivating people to reduce waste in their homes and workplaces. This program is brought to you by Metro, the City of PortlandClackamas County,Washington Countythe Department of Environmental Quality and Recycling Advocates.