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How to properly recycle plastic lids.
Are there any plastic lids that I can add to my recycling bin?
No. Plastic lids of any kind – including those on coffee cups, drink cups and yogurt containers – are not accepted in the blue Portland Recycles! roll cart.
Since plastic lids tend to be small, thin and easily hidden by other materials in the mixed recycling container, they need to be left out of the blue Portland Recycles! roll cart. At sorting facilities, plastic lids combine with paper and cardboard as they make their way along the conveyor belts and can end up in bales. Since all recycling materials are sold as a commodity, unwanted materials make those bales harder to sell and, therefore, harder to actually recycle into new paper products.
You can collect small plastic items, like lids, to dispose of at a recycling depot. Find a depot near you through Metro’s Find a Recycler resource.
Need more reminders for common items?
Check out the blog post about what and why to keep some items out of your recycling container.
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The Discussion Draft Central City 2035 Plan (CC2035) was the culmination of over five years of work and public involvement. Following the release of the CC2035 Discussion Draft in February, hundreds of people attended open houses and drop-in hours on both sides of the river. Project staff attended more than 40 meetings with neighborhood associations, property owners and others throughout the Central City. Additionally, community members submitted some 200 written comments and letters.
The project team considered these comments and input from other agencies and organizations to create the Proposed Draft CC2035 Plan. This blog post identifies some of the most significant changes staff have made by topic area.
Download a new handout to learn more details about each item.
Read more about the Central City 2035 Plan.
LIVABILITY & THE PUBLIC REALM
BONUSES & TRANSFERS
HEIGHT & VIEWS
HISTORIC RESOURCES & SEISMIC UPGRADES
TRANSPORTATION & PARKING
The Proposed Draft marks the beginning of the formal public legislative process. There are many more opportunities to be heard and have an impact. Learn more about providing feedback and staying informed.
Deconstruction instead of demolition: Disassembling Portland’s oldest and most historic houses and duplexes will protect public health and save valuable materials for reuse.
Portland, ORE – Today, Portland City Council adopted an ordinance, including code language, which requires projects seeking a demolition permit of a house or duplex to fully deconstruct that structure if it was built in 1916 or earlier or is a designated historic resource. With Council’s unanimous approval of that ordinance, Portland became the first city in the country to ensure that valuable materials from our demolished houses and duplexes are salvaged for reuse instead of crushed and landfilled.
“Our existing older houses are assets: They preserve our built history and contribute to neighborhood character,” said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. “If they must come down, materials from these houses can live on in new buildings. By keeping valuable materials out of the landfill, we ensure the least amount of impact on the environment and neighbors. Deconstruction reduces our carbon footprint; prevents harmful air pollution caused by demolition; and creates good, family wage jobs."
In Portland, more than 300 single-family homes are demolished each year. This produces thousands of tons of waste — a majority of which could be salvaged for reuse. From start to finish, deconstruction protects health, creates pathways to construction careers and generates affordable reusable building materials. Currently, less than 10 percent of houses that are removed use deconstruction.
About 18 months ago, Portland City Council asked the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to develop strategies to increase deconstruction activity as an alternative to mechanical demolition. With the help of an industry- and community-based advisory group, BPS has:
Today’s ordinance follows up on that resolution and adopts new code requirements, effective October 31, 2016, requiring deconstruction for houses and duplexes built in 1916 or earlier or designated as a historic resource regardless of age.
Approximately 33 percent of single-family demolitions would be subject to the deconstruction requirement. Increased deconstruction will:
Earth Advantage and the Building Material Reuse Association (BMRA) will offer training and certification in deconstruction beginning the week of July 18, 2016. The first training and certification is for contractors. A second training later this fall will focus on developing the skills needed to work on a deconstruction site. Information on training can be found here.
Visit the City of Portland’s website, www.exploredecon.com for more details about deconstruction.
From BPS Partner Portland State University
The Portland Action Cluster accepting the GCTC Leadership Award in Austin. Pictured (from left to right): Wilfred Pinfold (Urban.Systems Inc.), Christine Kendrick (City of Portland), Mike Reich (Sensamo), Kristin Tufte (Portland State University), Kevin Martin (City of Portland), Paul Giangarra (IBM Research), Glenn Ricart (US Ignite), John Gordon (Current/GE).
(Austin, TX) -- A “smart cities” project team that includes Portland State University won the Global City Teams Challenge Leadership Award grand prize on June 13.
The $20,000 prize came from US Ignite, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster the creation of next-generation internet applications that benefit the public. It honored Portland’s Connected Intelligent Transit Action Cluster team for its ongoing work in developing a sensor-connected “smart” corridor that gathers transit data, traffic signalization information and air quality measurements to help local governments make improved transportation policy choices.
Portland’s team is one of many around the world. Members of the team include Portland State University, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Portland Bureau of Technology Services, Technology Association of Oregon, Intel Corporation, Urban.Systems Inc., SensamoSeabourne, DKS Associates and TriMet.
The leadership award recognizes teams that are deploying technologically replicable, scalable and measurable Internet of Things (IoT) projects. Portland’s project includes the use of a new applications lab at PSU – the first of its kind in the United States – that collects, stores and shares data about all things related to transportation in the city. The lab promises to be a boon to the City of Portland and mobile application developers as they find ways to streamline the way Portlanders move about the city.
"One of the key components of a "smart city" is using data collected from sensors to assist with decision making and investment planning," said Kevin Martin, Technical Services Manager, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. "Piloting a network of low-cost, connected air quality sensors allows us to assess -- in real-time and at a block-by-block level -- the air quality impacts of our transportation system, and how those impacts change as we modify the system. It also gives the City additional tools to measure the performance of future transportation investments, such as the planned projects in the recently adopted Comprehensive Plan."
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