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Resolve to redeem in 2018

Redeem more containers!

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, more types of beverage containers started carrying a 10-cent deposit. These include bottles and cans for tea, coffee, fruit juice, coconut water, hard cider and kombucha. Beer, soft drinks and water containers continue to be accepted at some grocery stores and BottleDrop Centers.

Not accepted: Wine, liquor, dairy or plant-based milk, infant formula and metal cans that require a can opener.

Other changes to the statewide Bottle Bill took place in April 1, 2017. That’s when consumers started getting a dime back for carbonated beverages and water containers recycled at a return center.

When Oregonians take bottles separately to be redeemed, they make it easier for our local recyclers to turn them into something new. Many of these containers are recycled right in our region.

Portland residents can redeem beverage containers by taking containers to a local retailer or to a BottleDrop Redemption Center for money. As always, bottles and cans can still be set out for curbside collection without collecting that dime. At curbside, recycle aluminum and plastic beverage bottles in your blue recycling roll cart and glass bottles in your yellow recycling bin.

Find a BottleDrop location near you at www.bottledropcenters.com.

Deadline for written testimony on the CC2035 Plan extended to Monday, January 22 at noon

Community members encouraged to send their testimony via email or deliver in person to the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Yesterday, January 18, 2018, the Portland City Council held a public hearing on their draft amendments to the Central City 2035 Plan. Roughly 70 people testified in person on these amendments to the new long-range plan.

At Commissioner Fritz’s suggestions, Council agreed to extend the deadline for written testimony – on the amendments only – until noon on Monday, January 22, 2018. Testifiers may submit their testimony by email or in person. 

  • Email: cc2035@portlandoregon.gov
  • In person: Portland City Council c/o Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 7100, Portland, Oregon 97201 Attn: CC2035 Testimony

Read the Amendments Report and the Additional Amendments. (Note: Written testimony will only be taken on Council amendments.)

Vote on amendments moved to March 7 at 2 p.m.

Commissioners originally were scheduled to vote on their amendments to the CC2035 Plan on March 8, 2018, at 2 p.m. That vote has moved up one day; Council will now vote on the amendments at 2 p.m. on March 7.

The final vote on the entire plan is scheduled for May 24, 2018, at 2:30 p.m.

What are people saying about the Residential Infill Project Discussion Draft?

More than 700 individuals and 46 organizations submitted comments on proposed code and map changes for single-dwelling neighborhoods.

Portlanders had a lot to share with City staff during the public review of the Residential Infill Project Discussion Draft (October 3 through November 30, 2017):

  • 433 people submitted 3,425 comments through the online and paper comment forms.
  • Community members sent 249 emails.
  • Staff received 46 letters from nonprofits and advocacy groups, public sector agencies and commissions, for-profit housing developers, business interests, neighborhood associations and district coalitions.
  • The lobby exhibit in the 1900 Development Services Building resulted in 36 comments.

Staff read and categorized all the comments and prepared a What We Heard Summary Report, which is now available on the project website. The report identifies key themes from all the comments, including:

  • Housing affordability.
  • How the “a” alternative housing opportunity overlay is mapped.
  • The displacement risk analysis.
  • Proposed regulations for cottage clusters.
  • Visitability standards to promote age-friendly housing.
  • Incentives to protect historic resources.

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Read the Residential Infill Project What We Heard Summary Report

In addition to this report, the full text of all the comments can be found in the appendices, which include:

  • Appendix A: Comment Form Responses
  • Appendix B: Emails and Letters from Individuals
  • Appendix C: BPS Lobby Exhibit Written Comments
  • Appendix D: Letters from Organizations

How will comments on the Discussion Draft be used?

These comments will guide staff as they make refinements to the Discussion Draft proposals and develop a Proposed Draft for the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) to consider next spring.

The first public hearing is tentatively scheduled for May 8, 2018. At this hearing, Portlanders will be able to give their formal testimony to the PSC on the Proposed Draft, which will be available to the public at least 30 days prior to the PSC hearing.

After hearing testimony from community members, the PSC will make recommendations to City Council, which will also hold public hearings (on the PSC’s Recommended Draft) later this fall. After considering testimony and deliberating, Council will vote to adopt the final package of map and code amendments.

What is this project about?

In response to community concerns about demolitions and the scale of new homes, as well as the supply of housing in Portland, the Residential Infill Project is updating Portland’s single-dwelling zoning rules to better meet the changing housing needs of current and future residents. The project addresses three topic areas: scale of houses, housing opportunity and narrow lots.

Want more information?

Email or speak with a team member directly:

And visit the website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill.

Learn how to use BottleDrop to redeem more containers

A step-by-step guide to use BottleDrop to save time and gain money.

BottleDrop Center

“BottleDrop saves time, and is less hassle than how it used to be,” said Chris. Not only does it save time because there aren’t lines, it is clean and fast. Here, Chris shows how to use BottleDrop and how to get the most bang for his buck!


Step 1: Register online or sign up at a BottleDrop Center and get your account card, pre-approved stickers and green bags. Chris already has an account and is ready to go.

BottleDrop bags and stickers


Steps 2 & 3: Fill your bags with returnable bottles and cans, like this beer bottle.

Redeemable items include: Bottles and cans for beer, soft drinks, water, tea, coffee, fruit juice, coconut water, hard cider and kombucha.

Placing bottle into BottleDrop bag     Full bag in back of car 


Step 4: Head to a BottleDrop Redemption Center and choose your option: BottleDrop account, self-serve or hand count. With your own account card, you’ll be credited every time you use the system, and then redeem your balance for cash at any BottleDrop Redemption Center.

Using BottleDrop account card     Placing BottleDrop bag into drop window


Step 5 & 6: Use a BottleDrop Plus kiosk in participating redemption centers and retail grocery stores for store credit. BottleDrop Plus allows you to get 20 percent more for your bottle and can redemptions (that’s 12 cents per container!). This is what Chris does because he shops at the grocery store and can use the store credit immediately.

Redemption options include cash or store credit     Register receipt showing redemption credit


According to Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, the organization that operates BottleDrop redemption centers, more than 60 percent of all returns come through a BottleDrop center and nearly 200,000 Oregonians are green bag account holders. More BottleDrop redemption centers and express locations are coming in 2018.  

Find a BottleDrop location near you at www.bottledropcenters.com.

PSC News: February 13, 2018 Meeting Recap

Overview of Housing Development Trends — Briefing; Inclusionary Housing 1-Year Permit Analysis — Briefing; Residential Infill Project: Economics Background — Briefing

Agenda

  • Overview of Housing Development Trends — Briefing
  • Inclusionary Housing 1-Year Permit Analysis — Briefing
  • Residential Infill Project: Economics Background — Briefing

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/classification/3687.

For background information, see the PSC website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/psc, call 503-823-7700 or email psc@portlandoregon.gov.

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.

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