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Portland residents show their food scraps are too good to waste

Nearly 80 percent of households are composting, and three-quarters of residents feel good about curbside collection service

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Portland’s curbside food scrap collection program just had its third birthday! 

Since 2011, Portland residents have turned over 200,000 tons of yard debris and food scraps into rich compost for healthier farms and gardens. That’s like filling 50 Olympic size swimming pools to the brim with compost!

Now almost 80 percent of Portland households are adding food scraps to their green composting roll cart. With all of your help, Portland has reduced garbage going to landfill by 36 percent since the food scrap collection program started three years ago.

Compost works. And we like it!

A recent citywide survey showed Portlanders love their curbside compost, recycling and garbage service and rate it more highly than almost any other city service. Nearly three‑quarters of residents feel “very good” or “good” about their curbside collection.

Looking for ways to make food scrap collection work even better for you?  Get information about successful food scrap collection, including how-to videos at www.portlandcomposts.com.

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Holiday Schedule Changes in Six Languages

Curbside collection changes for 2014-15 holidays, in English, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese

Holiday collection schedule changes

No collections on Thursday, December 25, 2014 or Thursday, January 1, 2015. All other holidays are regular pick-up days.

Also view holiday schedule changes in these languages:

Изменения расписания сбора мусора, утиля и компоста в праздничный сезон (Russian)

垃圾、可回收物及堆肥收集的节假日时间变更 (Simplified Chinese)

Macluumaadka Jadwalka Maalmaha Fasaxa ah ee Qashinka, Dib u isticmaalida qashinka “Recycling” iyo Hawlaha Bacriminta (Somali)

Cambios al programa para recolección de basura, reciclaje y desechos orgánicos (Spanish)

Ngày Lễ Thay Đổi Lịch Trình về lấy Rác, Tái Chế Biến và Làm Phân Bón (Vietnamese)

Sorting through the holidays

Reuse what you can, then use this handy guide to help you manage the extra waste that often comes with the holidays.

Wondering what to do with the packaging and other "stuff" generated by the holidays?

Many items can be reused, such as bows, ribbons, padded envelopes, gift bags and boxes.

Other items can be recycled at a local depot. These items include spent batteries, broken strings of lights, block Styrofoam or packing peanuts and miscellaneous plastics. Contact Metro to find a convenient recycling depot location that accepts the items you want to recycle.

Finally, here's a refresher on what goes where for curbside pickup.

How to sort holiday waste

For more information on how to recycle at the curb, view the full Garbage, Recycling and Composting Guide.

The guide is also available in these languages:

RICAP 7 Discussion Draft Available for Public Review Soon

Draft code amendments to address design review, pre-application requests, household living uses, height measurement methods and Ladd’s Addition Street Tree Guidelines

Since 2002, Portlanders have been helping to refine the City’s Zoning Code through a process called the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Program. More recently, these efforts have taken form through Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Packages — or RICAPs, for short. Now on its seventh workplan, the program will release a RICAP 7 Discussion Draft report in January 2015.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission approved the RICAP 7 workplan on August 26, 2014. Since then, the Code Development Team has been evaluating a list of 45 regulatory improvement requests from the public. These cover minor clarifications in code language and technical code corrections as well as slight changes to existing policies.

The minor policy changes include more efficient processes for modifying design review approvals, restricting concurrent submittals of pre-application requests with land use applications, clarifying the definition of household living uses in group living situations, evaluating height measurement methodologies, and clarifying the Ladd's Addition District Street Tree Guidelines.

Read a summary of all the requested changes.

How the code amendments are selected
Staff researches the regulatory improvement requests by looking at prior ordinances and code commentary as well as state and federal legal requirements and mandates. The project team also looks at examples from comparable cities, then constructs conceptual code amendments for consideration. These concepts are vetted with planners responsible for implementing the regulations (typically within the Bureau of Development Services) and refined to ensure the amendment will be feasible and effective.

Once the code amendment concepts are developed, additional commentary is added to provide rationale and intent for the proposed change. This commentary helps both the public and others who review the proposed changes to better understand the nature and impact of the change. Commentary in the code also informs later code amendment project research. The code amendments and commentary are then assembled into the Discussion Draft for more widespread review and input.

As with RICAP 6, the public will have roughly two months to review and comment on the proposed changes in RICAP 7. This input will then be incorporated into a formal Proposed Draft, which will be presented at a public hearing to the Planning and Sustainability Commission in April 2015.

So stay tuned for the Discussion Draft release in January and opportunities to provide your feedback. And for more information, visit the project website

Portland Named ‘Climate Action Champion’ by White House

Press Release from office of Mayor Charlie Hales, December 3, 2014:

Read the factsheet published by the White House for more details.

 

Portland Named ‘Climate Action Champion’ by White House

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014  – The White House today announced the first cohort of Climate Action Champions, including the City of Portland.

"Climate change is a world-wide threat, but as President Obama has said, international leadership begins at home," Mayor Charlie Hales said. "We are honored by this, but it just means the pressure is on to work harder, and to think smarter, to demand more of ourselves."

This fall, the White House launched the Climate Action Champions competition to identify and recognize local climate leaders and to provide targeted federal support to help those communities further raise their ambitions.

Portland was singled out as a regional leader for greenhouse gas reduction and climate change mitigation. With support from 20 agency partners, Portland’s 2015 Climate Action Plan is a strategy to put the city on a path to achieve an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, compared to 1990 levels.

This is the city’s second major victory on the issue of climate action this year. In September, Portland was among 10 cities worldwide to receive the City Climate Leadership Awards 2014. The Award was sponsored by the international C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and honored cities all over the world for excellence in urban sustainability and leadership in the fight against climate change. Portland was honored alongside cities such as Barcelona, Buenos Aires, London and Amsterdam, among others.

Other winners of the White House competition, announced today, include:

● Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe, Calif.

● Boston, Mass. Broward County, Fla.

● Dubuque, Iowa

● Knoxville, Tenn.

● Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (D.C., Maryland and Virginia

● Mid-America Regional Council (Kansas and Missouri)

● Minneapolis, Minn.

● Montpelier, Vt.

● Oberlin, Ohio

● Salt Lake City, Utah

● San Francisco, Calif.

● Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan)

● Seattle, Wash.

● Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority (California)

Mayor Hales praised Susan Anderson, director of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and her leadership team for its work on the Climate Action Plan. He also pointed to other agencies including Multnomah County and Metro, plus activists in the private sector.

"There’s plenty of credit to go around.

The region is about to complete the first new bridge in downtown Portland in 30 years, and it will carry light rail, streetcar, buses, bicycles and pedestrians … but not private vehicles," Hales said this spring, while addressing the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Chicago. "This is the kind of investment we are making to make our healthy connected city a reality." 3

The 16 selected communities will receive facilitated peer-to-peer learning and mentorship and targeted support from a range of Federal programs. Furthermore, a coordinator will be provided to each Climate Action Champion to foster coordination and communicate across the Federal agencies, national organizations, and foundations in support of the Champions. The coordinator will also assist efforts to raise awareness of funding and technical assistance opportunities that are available specifically for Climate Action Champions.

"We strive for livable neighborhoods: highly walkable, lively commercial districts, making it easy and convenient to get to the schools, shops, jobs, parks, coffee and beer that make Portland a great place to live, work and play," Hales said. "The things we love about Portland, we want all Portlanders to share. Today, they don’t. We experience significant inequities, neighborhood to neighborhood. Addressing those inequities is among our top goals."

The Obama Administration is committed to taking decisive action to combat climate change. In November, to drive international discussions leading up to the 2015 climate negotiations in Paris, President Obama made an historic joint announcement with Chinese President Xi Jinping of each country’s respective targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the post-2020 period. Building on the United States’ bipartisan history of supporting financing for clean energy and climate adaptation in developing countries, the president also announced the United States’ $3 billion commitment to the Green Climate Fund.

The Obama Administration is continuing to partner with state and local governments, businesses, and philanthropic organizations to make progress on climate change in the United States. Building on the work the Administration has done with the State, Local, and Tribal leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, which delivered its recommendations to the President on Nov. 17, in addition to the selection of the Climate Action Champions this week, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy launched a new Climate Education and Literacy Initiative, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the White House collaborated on the fourth in a series of local climate resilience exercises in Hampton Roads, Va.