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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.

Public hearing on new parking regulations in the NW Plan District scheduled for July 6

Recommended Draft to be published in mid-June for public review

A City Council hearing for the Northwest Parking Update Project has been scheduled for July 6, 2016, at 2 p.m. Please check the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability calendar for additional details and to confirm hearing time prior to the hearing.

A Recommended Draft to City Council of the Northwest Parking Update Project will be published in mid-June 2016, and the public will be invited to submit testimony in writing or in person. Check this website regarding the Recommended Draft and when and where to submit testimony.  

City Council holds final work session on Comprehensive Plan amendments; prepares to vote to adopt Portland’s new 20-year land use plan

Commissioners made key decisions about land for jobs, middle housing and historic preservation

On Thursday, May 19, 2016, the Portland City Council held its final work session on Commissioner-sponsored amendments to the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan. Key votes included:

  • Adopting the “middle housing” amendment (#P45), which supports more housing types (e.g., rowhouses, townhouses, duplexes, cottage courtyards and ADUs) near centers and corridors and close to transit. (Learn more about middle housing.)
  • Accepting the Planning and Sustainability Commission’s recommendation to convert selected golf courses to industrial land in order to meet employment land needs.
  • Developing stronger language to protect historic resources. 

With these actions and a few others, Council completed the new Comprehensive Plan. You can view the Council work session on the Auditor’s website.

Next Commissioners will review “findings” and receive revised ordinances on June 9, followed by a final vote to adopt the City’s new Comprehensive Plan on June 15.

What’s a “finding”?

Oregon land use law requires that cities address multiple goals when creating or updating their comprehensive plans. For instance, Goal 1 addresses public involvement; Goal 9, employment land; and Goal 10, housing. Over the past several years, Portland’s planners have researched existing conditions and trends to determine the amount of land needed to accommodate housing and employment growth, and the transportation projects and other infrastructure needed to support this growth. Planners also looked at the amount of land that should be set aside for open space and the protection of the environment. Each of these examinations is guided by one of Oregon’s statewide planning goals.

The findings are “proof” that Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan meets statewide planning goals. The findings contain the facts and reasons explaining why the City Council adopted the plan it did.  

Upcoming City Council Actions

Accept Findings and Revised Ordinances
June 9, 3 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall
1221 SW Fourth Avenue

Adopt the 2035 Comprehensive Plan
June 15, 2 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall
1221 SW Fourth Avenue

Please check the Council website to confirm dates, times and location.