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Take hard-to-recycle items to the Green Days recycling event

Team up with Fred Meyer and the Trail Blazers for this community recycling event.

Join Fred Meyer and the Trail Blazers on Saturday, April 6, 2019 for a Green Days community recycling event in Portland. Drop off items and participate in activities for you and your family. Meet Trail Blazers personalities, win tickets and other prizes. The event runs from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Location: Hollywood Fred Meyer, 3030 NE Weidler Street in Portland. Be Cart Smart, the City of Portland’s residential recycling education program, will be on hand in the Vendor Village to answer recycling questions and share waste reduction ideas.

foam blocks

Accepted materials include: Plastics bags and wrap, Styrofoam, batteries, electronics and cardboard.

Acceptable items for Agilyx: All forms of Polystyrene (#6) including Styrofoam. No starch peanuts, Polypropylene or Polyethylene foam.

Acceptable items for Free Geek: Smartphones, tablets, e-readers, video systems – and Oregon E-Cycles program items like computers, monitors, TVs, printers, keyboards and mice. Find out more about what is and isn’t accepted.

Give back! The Oregon Food Bank will accept your cans and bottles for donation through the Bottle Drop fundraising program. 

Learn more about Let’s Go Green Together.

Do you want trash with that?

Take-out items are not recyclable – they belong in the trash.

Leave out the take-out!
Take-out items are not recyclable – they belong in the trash.

If you don’t need the straw, fork, spoon, cup, condiments, containers—or a bag, say so!

take out trash illustration

Head out for cheap eats with an on-the-go kit

Do your part to reduce single-use items by creating a to-go kit so you’ll have what you need when you need it.

Make a kit for your car, day bag or bike bag. Include reusable shopping bags, a coffee or travel mug, produce bags, silverware or small containers for leftovers. After you use something from your kit, replace it when you get home, so your kit is always with you and ready for anything.

Having an on-the-go kit is good if you eat out a lot, make frequent stops at the store, or tend to forget your reusables (we all do!).

Recycle with confidence. Get a guide in multiple languages

Need more tips to reduce, reuse and refuse?
Check out the Resourceful PDX blog for more tips and ideas.

PSC News: April 9, 2019 Meeting Recap

Residential Infill Project letter to Council – Work Session; Garbage & Recycling Rates – Briefing; Better Housing by Design – Work Session


  • Residential Infill Project letter to Council – Work Session 
  • Garbage & Recycling Rates – Briefing
  • Better Housing by Design Revised Proposed Draft – 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

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.

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Three community-based organizations to receive consulting services to help build affordable housing on their land

Metro/Bureau of Planning and Sustainability grants include funding for design and financial consultants, which will help recipients use their land to build affordable housing.

Last year, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability began working with community-based organizations who want to use their surplus land to provide affordable housing for those in need. With a grant from Metro, BPS began to identify opportunities for affordable housing on land owned by faith communities.

The grant includes funding for design and financial consultants to work with three organizations. Thirteen applicant organizations with a vision to develop affordable housing on their properties submitted proposals. Although all the applicants are worthy of the financial and technical assistance, the selection committee could only choose three:

  1. Bethel AME Community Development Corporation
  2. Muslim Community Center of Portland
  3. Trinity Lutheran Church

The three organizations that were selected best met the selection criteria, which included:

  • Diversity of communities served
  • Organizational structure and capacity
  • Vulnerability score for location (where residents were most at risk of displacement)
  • Opportunity score (proximity and access to public services)
  • Suitability as a case study
  • Diversity of location
  • Zoning

Over the next few months, the recipients will meet with staff of the design and finance firms, Carleton-Hart Architects and the Nielson Group, to develop preliminary concepts based on their individual vision for the project.

The bureau’s project manager, Nan Stark, will work with the organizations and consultants to create a guide for other organizations who want to pursue developing affordable housing on their land.

As the grant work progresses, BPS will also be proposing changes to the Zoning Code that may help to reduce barriers to development of affordable housing. With these multiple approaches, the Bureau and its community partners hope to create more pathways to the development of affordable housing for individuals and families.

DOZA featured at Design Week Portland; Discussion Draft comments deadline extended

The Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) project will hold an open house on April 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. as part Design Week Portland. Portlanders are invited to comment on the DOZA Discussion Draft (in person or writing) until April 19, 2019.

Design is an important part of any good urban space. That’s why the City of Portland is updating its design overlay (d-overlay) zone to ensure our public spaces meet the needs of current and future residents.

The Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) project is updating the rules and processes for Portland’s d-overlay and design review program, and we want to share the latest drafts of changes to the process and tools for design review across the city.


Design Week Portland Open House Tomorrow!
Come learn more, ask staff questions and offer your feedback at the Design Week Portland open house:

Design Week Open House 
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
4-7 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue (1st floor lobby)
TriMet: Multiple bus lines, MAX
Green/Yellow line, Portland Streetcar

Discussion Draft comments deadline extended
We want your feedback, so the comment period for the Discussion Draft has been extended to April 19, 2019. We invite your review of the following documents:

Feel free to send us an email of give us a call.

Kathryn Hartinger, Project Manager
(503) 823-9714

Next steps
In the spring, staff will consider the comments on the Discussion Draft as they refine it into a Proposed Draft. The Design Commission and Planning and Sustainability Commission will hold joint public hearings in summer 2019.

For more information about the project, visit