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PSC News: November 27, 2012 meeting recap and documents

West Hayden Island - continued hearing


  • West Hayden Island Draft Plan – continued hearing

Meeting files:

An archive of meeting minutes, documents and audio recordings of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at

BPS News: Celebrate a low-waste year with these green holiday ideas

The City of Portland announces the one-year anniversary of curbside composting and shares holiday waste reduction tips


December 4, 2012


Jocelyn Boudreaux
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Office: 503-823-3660 Cell: 503-453-9410

Celebrate a low-waste year with these green holiday ideas

The City of Portland announces the one-year anniversary of curbside composting and shares holiday waste reduction tips

PORTLAND, Ore. – This holiday season marks the one-year anniversary of Portland’s new Curbside Collection Service. The new service includes the addition of food scraps along with yard debris to the green Portland Composts! roll cart, and the switch to every-other-week garbage pick-up. The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) has collected data on the new Curbside Collection Service over the past year and the results are impressive. 

One Year of Curbside Composting
BPS will present a full one-year report on the Curbside Collection Service to Portland City Council on December 5, 2012. Highlights from the report include:

  • Portland households are throwing away almost 40 percent less garbage.
  • The amount of yard debris plus food scraps collected for composting has nearly tripled.
  • Close to 80 percent of Portland households are including food scraps in their green composting roll cart.
  • Portlanders continue to be fantastic recyclers. Eighty-five percent of all recyclable materials are placed in the blue recycling roll cart.

“Portland residents have really stepped up to the plate with curbside composting and it shows in the 40 percent reduction in garbage,” said Mayor Sam Adams. “It’s an achievement that will inspire other cities and one we can feel really proud of.”

To view the full one-year anniversary Curbside Collection Service report, find helpful information on your collection schedule, sign up for weekly email collection reminders and more, visit

Low-Waste Holidays
With all the festive meals, activities and gifts that accompany the holiday season, now is a great time to learn even more ways to save space in your garbage container, reduce waste and make composting easy.

Include the Food!
Make composting simple and accessible:

  • Place recycling and kitchen compost containers in plain sight for guests. You can line the kitchen compost container with newspaper, a paper bag or an approved compostable liner to keep it tidy.
  • Keep your kitchen container handy during food preparation, while scraping plates after meals and when you clean the fridge of leftovers. Remember that all food can be included at the curb, even meat and bones.
  • Ask friends and family to bring their own food containers to take holiday meal leftovers.

Extra Holiday Garbage
After all the holiday entertaining and gift giving, your household may have extra garbage. You can set out an extra bag on your collection day for $5. Extra garbage must be 32 gallons or smaller and weigh 55 lbs. or less. Renters should arrange with landlords to authorize extra garbage collection.

Holiday Tree Composting
Trees up to six feet tall can be put out at the curb on your collection day for $4.50. You may put tree trunks and branches less than 36 inches long and four inches in diameter in your green Portland Composts! roll cart.

You can also arrange with a nonprofit organization to collect your tree. Call Metro’s recycling hotline at 503-234-3000 for drop-off or pick-up information.

Green Holiday Gift Giving
BPS’s Be Resourceful program provides eco-friendly holiday tips to help you Save More and Live More this holiday season. Visit for ideas of gifts of experience and resources for local crafts and holiday décor.


About the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS)
Through partnerships and collaboration, BPS develops innovative and practical solutions to create and enhance a prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable city. The bureau provides: Citywide strategic and comprehensive land use planning; neighborhood, district, economic, historic and environmental research, planning and urban design; policy and services to advance energy efficiency, green building, waste reduction, composting and recycling, solar and renewable energy use, and local sustainable food production; as well as actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change. For more information, visit

CC2035: Goose Hollow Events Generate Ideas for the West Quadrant Plan

Two events in Goose Hollow helped to launch the work for the Central City's West Quadrant Plan

The West Quadrant planning process kicked off in early December with two events focused on the Goose Hollow District of the Central City. First was an evening workshop held on December 5th where community members worked in small groups to identify community assets, issues and opportunities that should be considered during the planning process.

Second was a concept development charrette held on December 12th, where stakeholders, staff and consultants spent the afternoon generating ideas about how Goose Hollow could look and feel in the future. A number of rough sketches were produced illustrating those ideas

There was a good turnout for both events, each drawing about 30 people, including a mix of residents, area businesses and property owners. Participants came with a high level of energy and excitement about the planning process and there was lots of good discussion and exchanging of ideas. Thank you to the Hotel deLuxe for hosting both of the events!

Staff will work to compile the results of the events into a summary report that will be available in late January 2013. From there ideas will be grouped into draft concepts for further discussion and feedback from the community.

Want to know more about what happened? Check out the Goose Hollow event materials and existing conditions maps.

For more information about the Goose Hollow planning process, contact Stephanie Beckman at 503-823-6042 or

PSC News: December 11, 2012 meeting recap and documents

Comp Plan Update – briefing; Health Policy Scan – briefing; West Hayden Island Draft Plan – work session


  • Comp Plan Update – briefing
  • Health Policy Scan – briefing
  • West Hayden Island Draft Plan – work session

Meeting files:

An archive of meeting minutes, documents and audio recordings of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at