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Here’s how to handle extra garbage during the holidays

Extra bags or cans, and some larger items, can be picked up at the curb for an extra fee.

After holiday entertaining and gift giving, you may find excess packaging and bulky items filling your garbage can.white dude holding garbage bag

  • Set out an extra garbage can or bag on your collection day for a $5 fee. Extra garbage must be 32 gallons or smaller and weigh 55 lbs. or less.
  • Items that are too big for your garbage container (such as appliances, furniture or large branches) can be picked up for an extra charge. Call your garbage and recycling company a week in advance for a cost estimate.
  • Renters: Talk to the landlord about setting out large or bulky items or extra garbage for collection. There is a fee for these services.
  • Multifamily residents: Bring your concerns about overflowing garbage and extra recycling to your property manager or owner, who can request additional service.

Reminder: Contact Metro’s recycling hotline at 503-234-3000 to learn where to recycle items that cannot be left at the curb.

Recycling options abound for holiday related materials like spent batteries, strings of lights, electronics, Styrofoam™, packing peanuts, non-curbside plastics and other items not accepted in your blue Portland Recycles! roll cart.

Need help remembering garbage day?
Sign up for free email reminders at www.garbagedayreminders.com.

Have a question for our Curbside Hotline Operator?
Submit your question online or call 503-823-7202.

How to compost your holiday tree

After enjoying your tree and other holiday greenery, prepare them appropriately for compost pick-up.

TreePrepare your tree for pick-up by removing all tinsel, lights, ornaments, wire, nails, stands and other materials that cannot be composted. Trees covered in fake snow are not accepted as compost and must be disposed of as garbage.

Curbside collection: Tree pieces

  • Cut the trunk and branches into pieces less than 36 inches long and 4 inches in diameter.
  • Tie bundles securely with string or twine; weight limit is 45 lbs.
  • Ensure that any tree pieces in your green composting roll cart do not poke above the lip of the cart; weight limit is 135 lbs.
  • Put extra bundles or cans of yard debris at the curb for $3.75 each.

Curbside collection: Whole trees

  • Put trees 6 feet and under out at the curb on collection day for $4.50.
  • Cut larger trees down to 6 feet to ensure driver safety.

Interested in arranging a pickup with a nonprofit organization for a fee? 
Call Metro’s recycling hotline at 503-234-3000 for more information.

Note to Multifamily residents
Check with your property manager or owner about live holiday trees before you bring one home. Knowing how and where to dispose of the tree can prevent unanticipated log jams (and extra costs).

Need help remembering garbage day?
Sign up for free email reminders at www.garbagedayreminders.com.

Have a question for our Curbside Hotline Operator?
Submit your question online or call 503-823-7202.

PSC News: January 12, 2016 Meeting Recap and Documents

R/W #7900, NE Alderwood Dr — on consent; PSC Officer Vote — decision; Powell-Division Portland Action Plan — hearing / recommendation; Tree Preservation in Development Situations — hearing / recommendation

Agenda

  • R/W #7900, NE Alderwood Dr — on consent
  • PSC Officer Vote — decision
  • Powell-Division Portland Action Plan — hearing / recommendation
  • Tree Preservation in Development Situations — hearing / recommendation

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/webdrawer.dll/webdrawer/search/rec?sm_class=uri_7223&count&rows=50.