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Have a big mound of fallen leaves? Ready to get rid of rotting jack-o-lanterns? We’ve got you covered!
After celebrating autumn holidays, remember to compost pumpkins and gourds in the green roll cart too. This is the time of year to include seasonal food scraps like apple and pear cores and leftover or half-eaten candy (without wrappers). Pruned items, yard debris and fallen tree fruit also go in the green Portland Composts! roll cart.
Yard debris includes weeds, leaves, vines, grass, flowers, plant clippings and small branches (less than 4 inches thick and 36 inches long). Large branches that may come down during storms or stumps that are too big for your curbside container can be collected by your garbage and recycling company with advance notice (and extra fees) or taken to a recycling depot.
Watch the weight! Don’t forget there are roll cart weight limits, especially with heavy pumpkins and wet leaves. The 60-gallon green composting roll carts have a 135-pound limit.
From early November to mid-December, removing leaves from our streets is critical because letting them stay on the street can clog storm drains, flood intersections and make streets slippery. Some Portland residents have street tree Leaf Day Pickup based on where they live.
Aren’t sure you’re in a Leaf Day Pickup area?
Find out here or call 503-865-LEAF (5323).
Have a question for our Curbside Hotline Operator?
Submit your question online or call 503-823-7202.
A response to The New York Times' "The Reign of Recycling" opinion piece by John Tierney.
You may have seen a recent opinion piece in the Sunday New York Times entitled, “The Reign of Recycling.” The author, John Tierney, suggests that the cost of recycling is too high and not worth the environmental benefits. While it’s true that global prices for scrap paper currently are very low, and recycling isn’t the financial slam-dunk that it was a few years ago – it still makes great economic sense!
Here in Portland, it still costs much less to collect and recycle paper, metal, other recyclables, food scraps and yard waste than it does to truck them to the landfill and pay to bury them in the ground. And that’s just the financial calculation – it doesn’t include the environmental benefits.
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that current levels of recycling in the U.S. offset emissions equal to the carbon pollution from 39 million cars. (That’s about 15 percent of the total cars on the road.)
But what if every city in the U.S. recycled as much as Portland does?
The average city in the U.S. recycles about 34 percent of its waste, but here in Portland, we recycle more than twice that amount. So if everyone recycled the Portland Way, we’d cut carbon emissions equal to the pollution from nearly 80 million cars.
And just what is the Portland Way?
Well, by 2030 we plan to:
The New York Times was right when it said that recycling is just one part of taking action on climate change, but those actions do add up. And imagine how much more could be achieved, if the entire country recycled at the same rate as we do. Keep up the good work, Portland!
Susan Anderson, Director
City of Portland
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
P.S. > Further reading: Many environmental organizations and advocates have published in-depth rebuttals to John Tierney’s piece. Here are a few worth checking out:
Energy Performance Reporting Policy team completes administrative rules process and hosts a free introduction to the new policy and ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager.
Update 13 NOV 2015: *SOLD OUT* The information sessions are sold out, however, seats in the office hours session are still available.. Please e-mail email@example.com to be placed on a wait list for the information sessions. Please indicate if you would like Tuesday, November 17 1:30– 4 PM OR Information session 2 Wednesday, November 18 9 – 11:30 AM OR either.
BPS has finalized administrative rules to implement the Commercial Building Energy Performance Reporting Policy. Visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/energyreporting to view the new rules.
The administrative rules provide detailed compliance requirements for commercial buildings over 20,000 square feet to:
ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is an interactive resource management tool developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that enables tracking and assessment of energy use across an entire portfolio of buildings – all in a secure online environment.
More importantly, it can help implement an energy management program, from setting a baseline to setting goals and tracking improvements. It’s also the tool for getting nationally recognized as an ENERGY STAR certified building by EPA.
Join us in November for a FREE information session to:
Choose from one of two identical sessions:
Want to go deeper? Bring your questions and a computer to go in-depth with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager experts during an “office hours” session on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
All sessions will be held at the Doubletree Hilton Portland, 1000 NE Multnomah St. in Portland. Light refreshments will be served, and there will be prize drawings at each session!
Visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/energyreporting to read more and register for the November event.
Committee members will advise City staff on new citywide plan for off-road cycling trails and facilities.
The Portland Off-road Cycling Master Plan will provide a citywide vision and plan for a system of off-road cycling trails and facilities where kids, adults and families can ride for fun, exercise and to experience nature in the city. It will make recommendations for the future improvement and management of these trails and facilities, based on community needs and input, site opportunities and constraints, and best practices in design, development and management.
In addition to a broad community outreach and engagement process, the project will be guided by a project advisory committee made up of community representatives, including trail and park users and Portlanders with interests, skills, knowledge and expertise in the areas of off-road cycling, environmental stewardship, trail design or management, outdoor recreation, business, tourism and health. The City is particularly interested in including committee members who might be able to contribute perspectives or experiences from historically under-represented or under-served communities, such as communities of color, Portlanders with limited-English proficiency, low-income residents, youth and people with disabilities.
Committee meetings will be held approximately once a month on weekday evenings. Specific meeting dates and times will be selected based on committee member availability. Translation, accommodations and childcare will be provided with advance notice.
To apply, complete the Statement of Interest no later than Monday, November 16, 2015 at 5 p.m.
Sign up for email updates to stay up-to-date on the Off-road Cycling Master Plan project.
Visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/climate to see which businesses have taken the challenge.
Mayor Charlie Hales challenges Portland businesses to take action on climate change. To join the fight, commit to implement at least two of these actions by Earth Day 2016:
Thank you to Elephants Delicatessen, Pacific Continental Bank, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Indow, Trillium Asset Management, CH2M Hill, Widmer Brothers Brewing and Moda Health for kicking off the challenge!
Sign on to the challenge and see all participating businesses at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/climate.