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Curbside Collection Tip #2: Right-size your garbage container

You have options! Garbage collection service is offered in a variety of sizes or pickup frequencies to fit your household.

35, 60 and 90 gallon garbage containers

If your garbage container is often full or close to the weight limit, consider a larger size for an additional $5-7 per month. If it’s half or three-quarters full, consider a smaller size or less frequent pick-up and save on your monthly bill.

Container sizes

Garbage roll cart size options and weight limits are:

  • 20 gallon: 60 pounds (not pictured above)
  • 35 gallon: 85 pounds
  • 60 gallon: 135 pounds
  • 90 gallon: 175 pounds

Collection frequency

Standard service includes every other week garbage pickup, along with weekly pickup of recycling and compost.

You can choose to decrease garbage service to every four weeks, or sign up for on-call garbage collection. Both of these options still include weekly pickup of recycling and compost. (Note: the 20 gallon container is not available for every four week collection.)

If you occasionally have extra garbage, you may set out an extra bag or can of garbage on your collection day for a $5 fee. Extra garbage must be 32 gallons or smaller and weigh 55 lbs. or less.

Read more about preparing your garbage or contact your garbage and recycling company to make changes to your service level. 

Note: Renters in a single family house and smallplex (2-4 units) should contact the landlord to request service changes. 

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Have a question for our Curbside Hotline Operator?

Submit your question online or call 503-823-7202.

Solar Now! announces funding and training opportunity

Application deadline: April 15, 2014

Solar Oregon has announced the Solar Now! Funding and Training Opportunity for Oregon communities and is now soliciting applications. Local governments and nonprofits are eligible to apply for a $10,000 grant, training at Solar Now! University and project support from Solar Oregon.  Please help us spread the word to interested communities.

View the official announcement and application instructions. The application deadline is April 15. 

The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Energy Trust of Oregon, Solar Oregon and Oregon Department of Energy partnered to create a statewide campaign to deliver the Solar Now! education and outreach model to other communities around Oregon. The objective is to encourage local municipalities and community leaders throughout the state to learn from and join the Solar Now! network.

RICAP 6 Proposed Draft Released for Public Comment

A wide range of Zoning Code amendments is headed to the Planning and Sustainability Commission for a public hearing

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has released the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package 6 (RICAP 6): Proposed Draft in preparation for the upcoming Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) public hearing on April 22, 2014. 

This Proposed Draft updates the public Discussion Draft, released in January. The Proposed Draft includes staff consideration of the many comments received over the seven-week outreach period. The bulk of the public comments were on the code amendments addressing short-term rentals. A summary of the feedback on the initial short-term rental proposal is available and contains City staff’s responses to these issues.

Public Hearing on RICAP 6
Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission – Public Hearing

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Ave, 2nd Floor, Room 2500A

View the agenda:

View the Proposed Draft:

For detailed instructions on submitting testimony:

The project team will brief the Planning and Sustainability Commission on the short-term rental proposed amendments on April 8 at 12:30 p.m. No public testimony will be taken at the briefing, but the public is welcome to listen to the staff presentation and hear what questions the commissioners are asking. The briefing will be in the same location as the public hearing noticed above.

PSC News: March 19, 2014 meeting recap and documents

Joint PSC / PDC Board — work session


  • Joint PSC / PDC Board work session

Meeting files

** If you receive an error message, click the icon to the right of "Contained Records" to open the document listing.

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

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