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Recycling options for old electronics after the holidays

New gadget? Recycle your old electronics at a collection site. Over 40 Portland collection sites accept your old electronics!

Did you give someone a new gadget this holiday? Or did you receive something shiny and new yourself? Oregon E-Cycles offers options Oregon Ecycles logoto recycle old electronics.

Computers, monitors and TVs are not allowed in curbside garbage and cannot be disposed of at landfills or incinerators. You can recycle your computer “peripherals” – keyboards and mice – as well as desktop printers.

Oregon E-Cycles is a free electronics recycling program for old computers, monitors and TVs you no longer need or want. This includes laptops and tablets.

You can recycle a maximum of seven items at a time. There are 250 collection facilities and recyclers throughout the state and 40 locations in the Portland area.

computer monitorcomputer cable  old cellphone

Reuse and repair is even better

Of course, if your electronics are still in good working order, look for donation options at Find a Recycler. If your gadget needs a repair you might be able to fix with expertise at a local repair café event.

Interested in finding a collection site near you?
Call1-888-5-ECYCLE (1-888-532-9253) or find a location online.

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


Deconstruction Contractor Spotlight: The ReBuilding Center

The Rebuilding Center exists to discover and re-claim value in people, materials, and communities that been overlooked or discarded by society.

The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability's Deconstruction Program regularly highlights companies that have recently completed the requirements to become certified deconstruction contractors. To be featured, please contact Shawn Wood, Deconstruction Program Manager at:

Company: The ReBuilding Center / DeConstruction Services

The ReBuilding Center / DeConstruction Services

The Rebuilding Center / DeConstruction Services

The Rebuilding Center / DeConstruction Services

Why is The ReBuilding Center / DeConstruction Services interested in deconstruction/salvage?

The ReBuilding Center exists to discover and re-claim value in people, materials, and communities that have been overlooked or discarded by society. That’s why we’re here.

Salvaging, reclaiming, and re-selling building supplies – materials that in the past have ended up in area landfills as garbage – is absolutely fundamental to our mission.  

What makes DeConstruction Services unique?

As a partner with the area’s foremost builders, developers, and architectural firms, we provide the first step to an environmentally sustainable project. Not only are we about to celebrate our 20th anniversary, we’re the only full service, non-profit deconstruction firm in the Portland Metro area. We provide our clients with a detailed inventory of the materials they donate to our local non-profit, which in turn the clients can use as a charitable contribution and subsequent tax deduction.

We deconstruct all types of structures from small detached garages to whole houses and large commercial buildings. We also prepare homes undergoing minor renovations to larger scale, whole house remodels and additions. As an EPA-Certified Lead Safe Contractor, our highly skilled and trained staff can ensure that your project will be done in accordance with all pertinent laws regarding lead based paint.

What other services do you provide besides deconstruction?

Materials gleaned from the deconstruction process are sold out of our warehouse on N. Mississippi Avenue (The ReBuilding Center) where we have the largest collection of salvaged construction materials in the Pacific Northwest. We also offer a pick-up service for contractors and others who want to donate used building supplies.

Profits are plowed back into our community through our Community Outreach program. The ReBuilding Center donates materials to hundreds of community organizations each year, and provides small grants of up to $500 to individuals and organizations engaged in community revitalization.

Additionally, the ReBuilding Center provides STEM/STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) opportunities for Portland’s youth, and Do-It-Yourself classes to the community out of our workshop on Mississippi Avenue.

What is the most notable item/material salvaged during your projects?  

During a whole house deconstruction, we discovered, buried in a wall cavity, a Purple Heart, which is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those wounded or killed while serving.

What three words best describe DeConstruction Services? 

  • Professional
  • Engaged
  • Mission-driven

For more information about The ReBuilding Center / DeConstruction Services, please contact:

Douglas Lichter
Phone: 503-331-9875
Mobile: 503-349-9027
Website: The ReBuilding Center/DeConstruction Services

PSC News: January 24, 2017 Meeting Recap

Central City 2035 Plan — work session


  • Central City 2035 Plan — work session

Meeting files

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

For background information, see the PSC website at, call 503-823-7700 or email

Meetings are streamed live on YouTube.

Meeting playback on Channel 30 are scheduled to start the Friday following the meeting. Starting times may occur earlier for meetings over three hours long, and meetings may be shown at additional times as scheduling requires.

Channel 30 (closed-caption)
Friday at 3 p.m. | Sunday at 7:00 a.m. | Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.


The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access and will make reasonable accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or provide other services. When possible, please contact us at least three (3) business days before the meeting at 503-823-7700 or use City TTY 503-823-6868 or Oregon Relay Service 711.

503-823-7700: Traducción o interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch | 翻译或传译 | Traducere sau Interpretare | Письменный или устный перевод | Письмовий або усний переклад | Turjumida ama Fasiraadda | 翻訳または通訳 | ການແປພາສາ ຫຼື ການອະທິບາຍ | الترجمة التحريرية أو الشفهية |

West Coast Cities ask Automakers to increase Electric Vehicle production to aid in fight against Climate Change

Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles release nation's first multi-city request to automobile industry to help municipalities reduce fuel and maintenance costs

Portland, ORE. ­– Mayors Ted Wheeler of Portland, Ed Murray of Seattle, Ed Lee of San Francisco and Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles are challenging the nation’s automakers to meet the growing demand for electric vehicles in municipal fleets.

The Mayors released a Request for Information (RFI) — the first step in a formal bidding process — to invite automakers to describe their plans for meeting a potentially record-breaking order of EVs. The four cities could buy or lease up to 24,000 electric vehicles for their fleets, if automobile and truck manufacturers are able to meet the demand and provide appropriate pricing.

The RFI is the first effort of its kind to include municipalities from different states, demonstrating the purchasing power of local governments to transform the electric vehicle market. By moving to electric vehicles, cities can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, decrease reliance on fossil fuels, and improve air quality while reducing fuel and maintenance costs by an estimated average of 37 percent. 

“Portland is proud to collaborate with our west coast neighbor cities to reduce carbon emissions,” said Mayor Wheeler. “Increasing access to diverse models of electric vehicles is an important step towards achieving the goals in our award-winning climate action plan.”

“The urgency of climate change requires us to rapidly transition the transportation sector from fossil fuels to electricity and public fleets have a responsibility to lead by example. Seattle, and our partner cities along the West Coast, are ready to lead with the next generation of electric vehicles,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. “The information we receive from the Electric Vehicle Request for Information will help us meet the goals of the new Drive Clean Seattle Fleet Executive Order, demonstrating our continued commitment to fleet electrification.”

“San Francisco is revved up to drive electric. Electric vehicles are a key to improving air quality in our neighborhoods and lowering our city operating and maintenance costs,” said Mayor Ed Lee. “Our cities know we can’t fight climate change by building walls.  We need to build more bridges to accelerate marketplace transformation and bring greater efficiencies that will benefit our taxpayers and impacted neighborhoods.”

“Every community has the power to fight climate change, and we do not need to wait for any one person or government to show us the way,” said Mayor Garcetti. “By acting together as cities, we can set an example for our neighbors, spur clean energy innovation, clean our air, and accelerate the inevitable transition to a low-carbon, opportunity-rich future for everyone.”

By demonstrating combined demand across municipal fleets, the RFI aims to improve pricing and needed specifications of existing pure battery EV models for cities. It also aims to expand offerings of electric vehicle models beyond sedans, such as police pursuit vehicles, SUVs and small trucks, and medium or heavy duty equipment including delivery vans, trash trucks and transit buses. 

The Mayors are all members of the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA).  The other 51 MNCAA cities have been invited to participate in the RFI. Additional fleet numbers and demand for electric vehicles from these cities will be added as an appendix to the RFI in February. Manufacturers interested in responding to the RFI can download it here or request it from Responses are due by March 1, 2017. 

About Portland, OR

In 1993, Portland was the first U.S. city to develop a strategy to address climate change. In December of 2016 Portland was awarded the C40 Cities Award for the “best climate action plan in the world”. The City’s updated Electric Vehicle Strategy was approved by Council in December of 2016 and includes actions to lead by example by increasing the number of electric vehicles in the City’s fleet. Portland has committed to the goal of increasing the City’s sedan fleet from 20 to 30 percent by 2020 and is interested in adding additional vehicle category classifications to the City’s fleet.

About Seattle, WA

The City of Seattle has long been a leader in sustainability and is nationally recognized as operating one of the greenest municipal fleets in the country. A sector-wide transportation initiative, Drive Clean Seattle is Mayor Murray’s program to tackle climate change at the local level and take meaningful action to reduce greenhouse gases by leveraging Seattle City Light’s carbon neutral electricity for transportation.

About San Francisco, CA

San Francisco has a long history of transport electrification – foremost in its historic cable car lines and the nation’s largest fleet of electric trolley buses and Metro street cars, all powered by greenhouse gas (GHG)-free electricity from the City’s Hetch Hetchy hydropower system. Each gallon of gasoline replaced in our municipal vehicle fleet with carbon neutral electricity supply is a 100 percent reduction in GHG emissions. San Francisco recognizes the unique opportunity it has and will continue to lead by example through investment in transforming the City’s fleet.

About Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles has the nation’s leading municipal EV procurement requirement: at least 50 percent of all new sedans purchased annually must be pure battery EV. The City also is working to speed the electrification of medium and heavy duty vehicles to meet air quality goals and other targets in Los Angeles’ Sustainable City pLAn.

About the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda

The Mayors National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA) is comprised of U.S. #ClimateMayors working together to strengthen local efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support binding federal and global-level policymaking. Fifty-one MNCAA mayors representing 35 million Americans have signed an open letter to President-elect Trump urging him to work with cities to act on climate and remain in the Paris Climate Agreement. 

PSC News: DOZA Subcommittee Information

Short-term PSC subcommittee will participate in review of Portland's design overlay zones and process.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, in collaboration with the Bureau of Development Services, has hired the Seattle office of Portland-based Walker Macy to undertake an independent and comprehensive review of the City’s design overlay zones, including the design review process, tools and results.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) has formed a subcommittee to provide feedback to Walker Macy on the preliminary recommendations for the Design Overlay Zone Assessment (DOZA) and to represent the PSC at public meetings related to this charge.

Subcommittee members include Mike Houck, Gary Oxman, Katherine Schultz, Eli Spevak and Teresa St. Martin, with Katherine Schultz serving as Subcommittee Chair. The Subcommittee will remain active through June 2017 and will report to the full PSC during the Items of Interest portion of each full Commission meeting.

On January 20, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Subcommittee will hold a preliminary work session on the consultant’s recommendations at 1900 SW 4th Ave, Conference Room 7A (7th floor), Portland, OR 97201. The anticipated Subcommittee work schedule also includes:

  • February 9 — Joint briefing with the Design Commission, 2 p.m., 2500 A

  • April, TBD — PSC full Commission briefing on DOZA by Walker Macy

  • April 26 — Walker Macy presentation to City Council (Subcommittee members represent the PSC) time TBD