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Portland Water Bureau

From forest to faucet, we deliver the best drinking water in the world.


1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204

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Recycling & Composting

  • Recycling PVC The Water Bureau recycles rigid plastics like PVC pipe.

  • Recycling Concrete The Water Bureau recycles a range of industrial materials, including concrete.

  • Recycling Locations A recycling area at the Interstate facility.

  • Recycling Metal The Water Bureau recycles metal water meter couplings.

The bureau has a diverse waste stream consisting of office products and industrial materials. The bureau recycles the following materials: aluminum, paper, cardboard, bulk metal, plastics, batteries, electronics, glass, paint canisters, PVC pipe, personal protective equipment, construction debris and Styrofoam. The bureau composts food waste and yard debris. For information on recylced and composted materials please visit the City’s recycling and composting guides.

City bureaus have a target of recovering (recycling and composting) 85% of waste generated from internal operations. The Water Bureau's recovery rate was 69% in Fiscal Year 2012-2013 across bureau facilities and public hydroparks. This rate does not include recycling or composting at the Portland Building which is tracked separately by the City's Bureau of Internal Business Services. The bureau also generated 383,149 pounds of garbage in FY 2012-2013, a 35% increase compared to FY 2011-2012. The Interstate facility generated 96% of bureau garbage. Sustainability and Green Team staff continue to train employees on waste reduction and recycling at bureau facilities.