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Holiday calendar reminders for garbage, recycling and composting

For single-family homes and smallplexes (up to 4 units), curbside collection will happen one day later for Portland customers from December 25 to January 6.

holiday collection happens one day laterAll Portland residents with curbside collection service will have schedule changes from December 25 through January 6. There is no collection service on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. All pick-ups will happen one day later than usual. Pickup for Friday customers will happen on Saturday during this date range.

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Winter weather

If garbage, recycling and compost collection must be delayed to the next scheduled collection day, twice the amount of the current subscribed service level will be collected on the next regularly scheduled collection day at no additional charge.

In the case of severe weather, collection will be prioritized in the following order:

  1. Garbage
  2. Recycling
  3. Composting

Leave your carts at the curb and your garbage and recycling company will collect them as soon as driving conditions permit. Your company will monitor the weather and driving conditions daily.  While your street may be clear, access to and from your neighborhood may not.

Stay ahead of the weather

Sign up for a weekly email that includes weather messages and reminders for your collection day at

December 12 PSC Work Session on Code Reconciliation Project

The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) will hold a work session on the Code Reconciliation Project – Proposed Draft at its meeting on December 12 at approximately 1:20 p.m. Check the PSC agenda to confirm the time. 

No additional testimony will be taken on this topic at this meeting; testimony on the project was taken at the October 24, 2017 public hearing. The PSC will also consider additional amendments proposed in the December 5 staff memo.

Internship Opportunity: Climate Action Program

BPS is currently seeking interns for a Community Service Aide (CSA) position with the Climate Action program. The CSA will support work on implementation and tracking of Portland’s 2015 Climate Action Plan. Under supervision of program staff, the CSA will be responsible for updating Portland’s annual carbon emissions inventory, including collection and processing of data for input to ClearPath, an online database. The project presents an opportunity for the CSA to learn about regional and international practices and methods for public sector carbon accounting.

Applicants should have:

  • Familiarity with the science of climate change and principles of climate planning
  • Ability to manage excel spreadsheets, complex data sets, and web-based database software
  • Ability to work with partners and other public agencies for data collection
  • Clear and concise writing
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to keep data organized and clearly document methods, assumptions and findings
  • Flexibility, initiative, and ability to work as part of a team

Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume by December 27, 2017. 

See the full job description and application process for more details.

Ask the Curbside Hotline Operator: Which plastics are accepted in the blue recycling roll cart?

Use size and shape — not the numbers inside of the recycle symbol — for guidance.

Plastic buckets, tubs and bottlesQ: Which plastics are accepted in the blue recycling roll cart?

A: Bottles with neck smaller than base (6 ounces or larger), tubs (6 ounces or larger), plant pots (4 inches or larger) and buckets (5 gallons or smaller).

The City of Portland, along with the adjacent counties, use size and shape to determine whether plastic is in or out of the curbside system, not numbers or symbols. Do not assume a product with a recyclable label means it should go in your blue recycling roll cart.

The plastics resin numbering system (the numbers inside of the recycle symbol) is a common point of confusion. While numbers can be helpful, they do not tell the whole story. Find more about the resin identification code and alternatives to plastic products.

Need a recycling refresher?

Follow the list at Portland Recycles! or download the Be Cart Smart guide.

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

State approves Portland's 2035 Comprehensive Plan

The Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) issues an order rejecting challenges to the city’s new Comp Plan

On Dec. 5, 2017, the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) issued an order both approving Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan and responding to objections raised against the new plan and associated implementation measures. 

The new comprehensive plan was adopted by the Portland City Council in June of 2016. The plan includes a new policy document, updated land use map designations, and a new Citywide Systems Plan, which includes both a Public Facilities Plan and Transportation System Plan. In December of 2016 Council also adopted a corresponding set of Zoning Code and Zoning Map updates.

In the DLCD press release the agency’s director stated, “Portland is an attractive city with lots of people moving there each year. The city council had to make difficult choices about how to best accommodate the expected growth. Our review found the plan to be consistent with the state’s requirements for efficient, managed use of land.” The agency also noted, “Portland’s plan also includes a focus on equitable decision-making. A new section of the plan includes a commitment to more fully engage both conventional and less traditional communities within the city when considering land use and investment choices.”

Periodic Review provides for objections  

Under Oregon land use law, the state must approve local comprehensive plans for consistency with the Statewide Planning Goals. The new plan was produced under that state mandate called “Periodic Review.” The plan was originally scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2018. This was designed to allow time for the State of Oregon, through the DLCD, to review the plan.

Periodic Review provides opportunities for people who participated in the local planning process to object to state approval. The DLCD then considers objections and issues an order. About a dozen individuals and organizations objected to the adopted plan. Several organizations filed multiple objections.

The DLCD's order invalidated some objections and rejected the remainder. Now, there is another opportunity for people who filed valid, but rejected, objections to request a hearing before the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC). 

Ordinance delays effective date of the plan

Last week City Council passed an ordinance delaying the effective date of the new plan until May 24, 2018, at 1 p.m. to provide time for a possible LCDC hearing. The City will learn if any valid objectors have requested an LCDC hearing by late December.