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Thanks Portland, You’re Amazing!

Can you believe Portland residents have been composting food scraps at the curb for five years now?

In the five years we’ve been collecting food scraps, we have created 400,000 tons of finished compost — enough to cover 2,400 acres of farmland (almost 4 square miles). That’s a lot of compost!

Farmers, gardeners and landscapers use the compost to suppress weeds, conserve water and improve the health of the soil.

Mind Your Scraps

While Portlanders do a great job composting their food scraps, there is still food left in the garbage. Even small amounts of food add up, so remember to compost your scraps when you are prepping meals, scraping plates, cleaning out the fridge or hosting a gathering. Big or small, we want it all!

Visit to learn more. Keep up the good work!

Germany may be the world’s leading recycler, but ….

Recent New York Times story compares the recycling rates of countries.

Earlier this week, the New York Times published this story about recycling rates around the world. Germany, a country well known for its advances in green technologies and practices, came out on top with a recycling rate of 65 percent, as compared to a 35 percent recycling rate for the United States.

In Portland, recycling and composting are going up, and waste is going down

Did you know Portland recycles or composts a whopping 70 percent of its solid waste? With the addition of weekly food scrap composting service and shift to every-other-week garbage collection in 2011, residential garbage taken to the landfill has decreased by over 35 percent, and collection of compostable materials has more than doubled.

Recycling is important because it helps keep usable materials out of the landfill and it reduces unhealthy carbon emissions.

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Curbsider Correction, page 2, Fix-It Fair location

Oops: New Winter Curbsider lists wrong address for George Middle School.

Curbsider coverThe print edition of the new Winter Curbsider, hitting Portland mailboxes this week, contains an incorrect address for George Middle School (Fix-It Fair article on page 2). The web version contains the correct information. 

The correct address for George Middle School is: 10000 N Burr Ave, Portland. The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, along with several community partners, will host a Fix-It Fair at this location on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. 


PSC News: December 13, 2016 Meeting Information

RICAP 8 — hearing / work session; Design Overlay Zoning Assessment — briefing


  • RICAP 8 — hearing / work session
  • Design Overlay Zoning Assessment — briefing

Meeting files

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

For background information, see the PSC website at, call 503-823-7700 or email Meetings will be lived streamed on the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability YouTube site at

Meeting playback on Channel 30 are scheduled to start the Friday following the meeting. Starting times may occur earlier for meetings over three hours long, and meetings may be shown at additional times as scheduling requires.

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