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For Property Managers - Your Guide to Multifamily Food Composting

Property managers around Portland have already implemented successful food scrap collection programs at their multifamily buildings. Whether you are responding to requests from your residents to be part of Portland’s food composting program or are interested in having a more sustainable community, we can help you.

We can assist you in evaluating whether or not your building is a good candidate, offer steps to take to create a successful program and provide you and your residents educational materials as well as kitchen pails to get started.

Tell us what you think!

Your opinion is very important and we would like your feedback about your experiences. This feedback will help to shape the citywide multifamily program as it is developed over the next few years.

To provide your feedback, please fill out the property manager survey.

Multifamily Composting Materials Ordering Information 

guide pdf

We offer free educational materials for your residents as well as signs for the compost collection area. See descriptions below for specific information. Ordering is easy! You can:

pdf guide

Property Manager Guide 

A guide to walk you through setting up and successfully managing composting in your multifamily community.

magnet image Durable signs – for composting collection area
Indoor/outdoor 18" x 24" durable plastic signs have a big visual impact. Display above food scrap collection containers.
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How to Compost guide and magnet – for residents 

  • Brochure: can be ordered individually, or in a door hanger bag.
  • Refrigerator magnet (5" x 7”): can be ordered individually, or in a door hanger bag.
  • Door Hanger Bags: Bags include: "how-to compost" guide and refrigerator magnet. Hang them yourself or have City staff provide this service free of charge.
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Kitchen pail (limited quantities available) – for residents

  • 2 gallon pail with lid and handle.
  • Property managers may place one order, not to exceed the number of units in the building(s). 
  • Each pail will include a composting guide and magnet.  

Have other questions or need help?

Contact the City of Portland’s Multifamily program at 503-823-7224 or