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Recycling and Garbage Service and Systems

Centrally located two-sort system, glass separate from other recyclables

How to establish new service and set up your collection area

Step 1 - Choose your garbage and recycling company

Permitted garbage and recycling companies and drop box companies operate in an open and competitive market; prices may vary between companies. A “commercial” property owner/manager may obtain bids from and choose any permitted garbage and recycling company for their garbage and recycling. A multifamily property is considered commercial if it has five or more units. (Properties with four or fewer units use Curbside Collection Service.) All commercial garbage companies must also provide recycling.

Step 2 – Set up your collection system.

The City ofPortlandrequires that recycling areas on your property must be as convenient as garbage. Containers may not be located on the street.

The preferred collection system is a centrally located two-sort recycling system. Garbage and recycling collection should be located in a central area that has clear signs and stickers. Glass is collected in one container, and recyclable paper, plastic and metal recyclables in another.

Note: Some multifamily sites have an older curbside roll cart system that provides each unit with a blue recycling cart for comingled recyclables, and a 14 gallon bin for glass only. These recycling containers should be labeled to identify the unit it belongs to, and be collected weekly.

Your garbage and recycling company can provide additional containers and stickers, if needed. Container stickers are available in English, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese languages.

Need assistance selecting your container size or preventing illegal dumping? Contact us so we can help.

Step 3 - Provide reminders

The City ofPortlandrequires that property owners/managers/associations provide recycling information to residents within 30 days of move-in and on an annual basis.

Research shows that providing one or more recycling signs on the property increases recycling by up to 25 percent! The City offers free posters, refrigerator magnets and large durable signs to assist your residents in understanding how to recycle. If you prefer, we'll hand deliver the materials and talk with your residents one-on-one.

Your garbage and recycling company will send an annual springtime reminder to order materials. The City also offers a regional Property Manager's Guide for Successful Multifamily Recycling. Order now, we make it easy!

A note about food scrap composting

Multifamily communities are not included in the new curbside collection program. However, food scrap collection service is available. The City is currently working with dozens of multifamily properties who are already composting. After we determine the best ways to implement food scrap collection at multifamily sites citywide, we will develop educational materials and tools to assist multifamily residents and property managers who want to start composting Stay tuned for more information this September! Questions? Call the Multifamily Recycling Resource line at 503-823-7224.