Establishing new service
To establish or change your collection service, call your garbage and recycling company directly.
Renters must be provided garbage, recycling, and composting service. Property owners are responsible for setting up and paying for service for their tenants.
Container size and collection frequency determine cost
There are different levels of service based on garbage container size. You can increase or decrease the size of your garbage container to fit your household’s needs. Call your garbage and recycling company to make changes to your service level. Garbage roll carts come in 20-gallon*, 35-gallon, 60-gallon and 90-gallon sizes and are provided by your garbage and recycling company. Weekly composting and recycling are available with standard service.
For customers requiring additional service options
Low-income households with health condition related waste
Low-income households with excess health condition related garbage, such as adult incontinence supplies, are eligible for extra garbage capacity at no additional cost. Call 503-823-7202 or email email@example.com for program details and an application form.
Non-curbside service for disabled customers
Non-curbside collection of all garbage, recycling, and composting carts is available at no charge for disabled customers meeting eligibility criteria. Call 503-823-7202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for program details and an application form.
Containers out by 6 a.m.
Your garbage and recycling company will arrive at your house between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. Because route schedules change, be sure containers are out by 6 a.m.
Place your container within three feet of the curb or roadway. Don't block sidewalks or driveways. Within 24 hours of collection, remove emptied containers from the curb.
Contact your garbage and recycling company to arrange for non-curbside service if no one in your household is physically able to take containers to the curb.
If you live in a duplex, triplex, or fourplex that has signed up for non-curbside service, don't put roll carts on steps, decks or patios that are more than three feet above ground level. Your garbage and recycling company will suggest the best place to put these containers.
Driver misses or late set outs
If you forgot to place your container at the curb by 6 a.m., and the driver was not able to pick up your garbage or composting roll cart, call your garbage and recycling company within 24 hours. You will have two options:
- Set out two containers (not to exceed double your normal service level) on your next pickup day at no additional charge.
- Pay $7.95 for the driver to return before your next pickup day.
If you do not call your garbage and recycling company's office within two business days, these options will not be available to you.
If you forget to set out your recycling roll cart, you will be asked to set out your extra recyclables on the next regularly scheduled collection day. If your garbage and recycling company misses your house on your pickup day, call their office as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made for the driver to return.
Christmas and New Year’s Day are the only two holidays during the year when collection will not occur. During these holiday weeks, all collections will be pushed back one day following the holiday. Friday customers will be serviced on Saturday.
During severe weather conditions, driving may be hazardous and the collection of garbage, compost and recycling may be delayed or postponed for Portland residents. In the case of severe weather, collection will be prioritized in the following order:
When garbage or compost collection must be delayed or postponed due to inclement weather, a reasonable effort will be made to pick up before the customer’s next scheduled collection day. Evening and Saturday collections may be necessary.
If garbage or compost collection must be delayed or postponed to the next scheduled collection day, twice the amount of the current subscribed service level will be collected on the next regularly scheduled collection day at no additional charge.
If recycling collection must be delayed or postponed it will be collected the next regular collection day.
Haulers will make every effort to remedy all weather related misses in a timely manner. Please be aware that while your street may be clear, access to your neighborhood may not. After the severe weather event, drivers may need to deviate from their regular scheduled routes in order to make up snow day misses. This may impact your collection. We appreciate your patience during this time.
Haulers will carefully monitor the weather and plan their recovery process as conditions allow.
During inclement weather, please leave your roll carts at the curb. This will ensure your carts will be emptied when roads are deemed clear enough for safe passage.
No credits or refunds for missed collections due to inclement weather or issues beyond hauler control.
Questions during severe weather conditions? Call your garbage and recycling company or the City of Portland Curbside Hotline at 503-823-7202.