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The City of Portland, Oregon

Environmental Services

working for clean rivers

Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

MAILING ADDRESS: 1120 SW 5th Ave, Room 1000, Portland, OR 97204

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ADCM Program

Alternative Discharge Control Mechanism (ADCM) Program

Environmentally Responsible Photo Processing Program

Small and medium-sized photo processing and printing businesses in this mandatory program use Best Management Practices (BMPs) to safely collect and treat silver-bearing wastes. A registration and reporting process verifies compliance. Photo processing and printing facilities that discharge more than 10,000 gallons of process water per day are regulated under the City of Portland Pretreatment Program. Environmental Services worked with the National Environmental Action Task Force and the Photo Marketing Association to develop the program.

Mobile Vehicle Washing Program

The City requires mobile washing businesses to collect and discharge washwater into the sanitary sewer system. The mobile vehicle washing discharge authorization contains Best Management Practices (BMPs) for mobile washing businesses that include but are not limited to the following requirments:

  • Collecting all washwater on site
  • Rinsing down the wash area when washing is complete
  • Meeting city discharge limits
  • Complying with Best Management Practices
  • Not contributing to a sewer overflow

When applicable, other requirements include specific volume and rate of discharge limits and a "dry weather only" provision.

Mobile Vehicle Wash Water Discharge Authorization Form 

For More Information

Please call 503-823-5600.