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Planning and Sustainability

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Phone: 503-823-7700

Curbside Hotline: 503-823-7202

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201

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Becoming an Independent Commercial Recycler

The City of Portland requires that any person or company collecting recyclable materials at any business located in Portland must register with us annually as an Independent Commercial Recycler. There are no registration fees, taxes or other fees. Your registration helps the City track the amount of recyclables coming from Portland businesses. A simple report must be filled out and returned to us four times a year.

How to Register

We'll send you a confirmation certificate that you're registered as an Independent Commercial Recycler.

Questions: Call the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s Annette Steele at 503-823-7631 or email

Reporting Your Recyclables

You will need to keep track of the recyclables you collect from businesses in Portland. You will be sent a quarterly recycling reporting form in March, June, September, and December. This reporting form needs to be filled out and returned to us by the 30th of the following month.

Failure to Register

Collecting recyclables from a Portland business without current registration as an Independent Commercial Recycler is prohibited, with a potential penalty of $500 per incident.

Rules and Regulations

The Solid Waste and Recycling Commercial Administrative Rules contains a section pertaining to Independent Recyclers.