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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Thank you for signing up to be a Trash Talker!

What is the Trash Talker program? 

In 2017, Sunday Parkways launched a Trash Talkers program that recruited people to literally talk to people about trash! Volunteers made sure that food vendors and Sunday Parkways participants understand how to properly dispose of containers, food waste, cans, bottles, and other waste generated from the events. Many of the volunteers along with the program development committee underwent sustainability training through the Master Recycler Program.

What is the Master Recycler Program? 

Throughout the Master Recycler Program training, participants take an 8-week course and accumulate 30-volunteer hours to earn a Master Recycler certification that showcases an understanding toxics reduction, green building, recycling and compost processing and more.

Why did we do this?

We want to make sure that Sunday Parkways is as green as possible, and one way to do that is to minimize compostable and recyclable items that end up going to landfills. This pilot provided us an opportunity to taste out an outreach method to improve landfill diversion at Sunday Parkways. Throughout this one year pilot, it was revealed that most participants were throwing away items and recycling correctly, but that composting was a bit of struggle.

So what are our next steps? 

That’s where we need your help! While our Trash Talker program pilot has come to an end, our need to stay green has not wavered.  We want to continue to inspire Portlanders and Sunday Parkways participants to support this wonderful fun and free event. 

Here's what you can do! 

  • You can ONLY compost food at Sunday Parkways events
  • It’s that easy! That’s all you do! 
  • You no longer put compostable or biodegradable items in composting at the Sunday Parkways events.
  • In fact, when these items go into the composting bins, we have to throw away the whole bag : (  #CompostFail


Thank you again for your support! See you at Sunday Parkways!!

Want more information on how to Compost correctly at home?

Have questions? Contact Alexis at 503-823-4414 or

What is Sunday Parkways?