Composting food scraps is optional at multifamily communities. Check with the property manager first to see if your building is participating.
If your multifamily community is participating in the Portland Composts! program, food scraps can be placed in the green container provided by the garbage and recycling company. Composting food scraps reduces waste and creates energy and nutrient-rich fertilizer.
Three Simple Steps for Food Scrap Collection
Choose a kitchen compost container and place it in a convenient location.
Include the food! Collect food scraps while preparing meals, scraping plates and cleaning the fridge of leftovers — every little bit counts.
Empty food scraps into the green Portland Composts! container frequently.
Include the Food
All food items can be placed in the green container.
Please do not include these non-food items.
Kitchen Pail Tips
Use a yogurt or Tupperware®-like container for collecting food scraps in your kitchen.
Lining is optional
- Line your pail with a plain paper bag, newspaper or approved compostable bag*.
- Bags and newspaper can go directly in the compost container.
* Approved 2-3 gallon compostable bags include BioBag® Certified Compostable, Ecnow Tech Compost Me, EcoSafe® 6400 Line, Glad® Compostable Kitchen and Natur-Tec® Natur-Bag® Compostable.
- Empty frequently.
- Keep it clean.
- Sprinkle with baking soda to reduce smells.
Your food scraps become: