Spring brings neighborhood cleanup events that incorporate recycling and onsite reuse options, allowing neighbors to take, swap or buy items for reuse.
There are over 50 volunteer-run neighborhood cleanup events scheduled throughout Portland during the spring months.
Many neighborhood cleanup events offer onsite reuse so items can find another home right away. Names like "Too Good to Toss," "You-Price-It," "Make an Offer," "Swap and Trade" and "Leave-and-Take" are some of the creative ideas for neighbor-to-neighbor sharing. Items may include bicycles, furniture, clothing, small household items, books, videos, DVDs, VHS tapes, toys, electronics and building materials.
Two of the largest swapping events in Portland are Trash to Treasure in North Portland, hosted as part of the St Johns neighborhood cleanup, and the Sunnyside weekend swap event, included as part of that SE Portland neighborhood’s cleanup. Trash to Treasure will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013, 9 AM - 3 PM. The Sunnyside neighborhood swap will be held the weekend of April 19 - 21, 2013.
The seven neighborhood coalitions have listings of the scheduled cleanup events by neighborhood association.
- Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN)
- East Portland Neighborhood Office (EPNO)
- Neighbors West/Northwest (NW/NW)
- North Portland Neighborhood Services (NPNS)
- Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN)
- Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition (SEUL)
- Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI)
Find contact information for your neighborhood association from the Office of Neighborhood Involvement or call 503-823-4519.
Metro also offers resources for planning a community cleanup event.
Contact the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability at 503-823-7202 for possible cleanup dates, locations, costs and accepted materials.
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