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Sustainability at Work

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Phone: 503-823-7037

Email: sustainabilityatwork@portlandoregon.gov

Helpful tips regarding containers and bags

  • Heavy lifting
    • Containers can get very heavy when full or even partially full.
    • Staff may need to work in pairs when dumping full containers.
    • Consider a policy to only fill containers half-full before dumping.
  • Cleaning
    • Containers should be cleaned regularly to prevent odors and fruit flies.
    • For sanitation reasons, containers must be cleaned out at the dump sink, not the food prep sinks.
    • Rinse water must go into the sanitary sewer and not storm drains.
  • Compostable bags (optional)
    • Use of approved compostable bags is optional.
    • Advantages:
      • Minimizes washing required for containers and can reduce odor or fruit fly problems.
      • Keeps your exterior collection containers cleaner; especially on hot summer days.
      • Makes emptying containers from your food-prep area easier (though these bags are generally not as strong as conventional plastic bags).
    • Disadvantages:
      • Cost of bags.
      • Potentially limited shelf-life; bags can degrade if not used within certain time period.
    • Where to buy bags