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Ask the Curbside Hotline Operator: Can I recycle coffee cups in my curbside bin?

What to do with paper coffee cups.

Coffee cup with lid

Q: Can I recycle coffee cups in my curbside bin?

A: No, paper coffee cups don’t belong in either the blue recycling roll cart or the green compost roll cart. They do belong in the garbage container.

Coffee cups are made up of paper that is injected with a plastic film so the cup holds its shape with hot (or cold) beverages. Paper cups are not recyclable because of the plastic liner and coffee contamination and don’t break down at the recycling facility with other paper products.

The same is true for paper products that hold freezer or refrigerated foods. Items like butter boxes, ice cream containers and frozen dinner boxes also belong in the garbage.

Choose to reuse
Travel mugCeramic mugYou can choose to bring your own coffee mug or container to your favorite shop. Some shops offer a small discount for doing so. There’s even a campaign about it called BYOC: Bring Your Own Cup!

Interested in learning more about the Bring Your Own Cup campaign?
The nonprofit Recycling Advocates is focusing on reducing the number of disposable, single use coffee cups going into area landfills.

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

Social justice is essential for a prosperous, healthy and equitable city

Planning and Sustainability Director Susan Anderson reaffirms commitment to equity, inclusion, and climate action to ensure Portland is a healthy and resilient place for everyone.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve observed the profound impact national leadership and policies are having on many of our community members, businesses and partners.

Many recent national policy, administrative and executive decisions have been in direct conflict with BPS commitments to promote equity and inclusion, climate action, and healthy, resilient neighborhoods throughout Portland.

At BPS, we are now reminded on a daily basis that efforts at the local level are more important than ever, if we are to successfully promote urban prosperity, health and environmental quality.

We recognize that we can only achieve those results if social justice is also at the forefront. Our policies, programs and services will always welcome and serve all people, and recognize that many people are faced with discrimination and targeting because of their gender, faith, race, national origin or immigration status.

If we want to succeed as a community, we know that advancing racial equity and inclusion will enhance all of our efforts, as we can’t truly succeed if we leave portions of our community behind.

In response, we are learning new ways to do our work. We commit to building new partnerships, and collaborating with a broader spectrum of Portland residents and businesses. 

For decades, we have been known nationally and even internationally for our work on land use, climate change, urban design and environmental protection.  Our efforts to understand and serve the needs of a diverse community will ultimately enhance the quality of our city creating more opportunities for better health, housing, jobs, recreation and quality of life for everyone. 

I look forward to working in collaboration with you.

Signature of Susan Anderson

Susan Anderson

Director, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

CC2035 Work Session Recap: February 14, 2017, Planning and Sustainability Commission discussion

Commissioners covered FAR bonuses, bicycle parking, family housing and the view of Vista Bridge.

On February 14, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) worked though their Central City 2035 work session agenda, including:

  • FAR bonuses on surface parking lots (asked staff to return with a revised proposal).
  • Whether or not to consider bicycle parking a ground floor active use (decided that bike parking should be considered an active ground floor use but it should be limited to one quarter of the required active ground floor windows). 
  • Policies and actions to support family housing-related items (asked staff to amend an action to support schools). 
  • Revisited and affirmed their September 27, 2016, preliminary decision about the view of the Vista Street Bridge. 

You can watch the video of the work session is here.

Coming up

On February 28 staff will come back to the PSC with several items that were carried over from previous meetings, including the Broadway/Weidler Interchange Project that came out of the N/NE Quadrant Plan. Staff will also offer a number of other minor amendments for the PSC’s consideration. The link to the packet for the February 28 work session is here

On March 14 staff will bring forward amendments to the bonus and transfer code that are necessary to implement Council’s recently adopted Inclusionary Housing program and some changes that could be made to improve that program in the Central City. Keep an eye out for news about that work session on this blog.

The final planned PSC work session will be on April 11. Project staff expect to bring final amendments to the Commission. They will ask the PSC to take a final vote on the entire CC2035 Plan package and forward it on to City Council as a recommended draft.   

PSC News: February 28, 2017 Meeting Information and Documents

Central City 2035 Plan — work session


  • Central City 2035 Plan — 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

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Written Testimony on New RICAP 8 Amendments Accepted Until February 22

City Council will discuss amendments at February 22 meeting, then vote.

City Council held a hearing on the RICAP 8 Recommended Draft on February 15, 2016. After a staff presentation, Commissioners offered a number of amendments to the package and heard public testimony.

To provide additional time for public review of the seven amendments introduced, Commissioners decided to hold the written record open until they reconvene on Wednesday, February 22 at 11 a.m. to vote on the amendments. Written testimony on the amendments is welcome until that time; no oral testimony will be taken on February 22.

Seven new amendments were proposed, including:

  • Four amendments introduced by Mayor Ted Wheeler. Amendments proposed related to regular lot lines in property line adjustments, the stream definition, the correction of typos in the Title 11 section of the document, and a technical fix to implement Council’s previous direction on inclusionary housing and parking.
  • A fifth amendment introduced by Commissioner Dan Saltzman related to the measurement of floor area ratio (FAR).
  • A sixth amendment introduced by Mayor Wheeler on behalf of Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, proposing a technical fix related to Design Review procedures.
  • A seventh amendment introduced by Commissioner Amanda Fritz related to commission term limits.

Mayor Wheeler’s four amendments are summarized in a memo; the other three amendments are in a separate document. Both of these documents, as well as the RICAP 8 Recommended Draft and RICAP 8 Recommended Draft summary, can all be found on the RICAP 8 website.

If you wish to submit written testimony on any of the amendments, it must be emailed to the Council Clerk at or sent to 1221 SW Fourth Avenue, Room 130, Portland, OR 97204. Written testimony must be received by 11 a.m. on February 22 and must include your name and mailing address.

For questions, please contact RICAP 8 Project Manager Kathryn Hartinger at 503-823-9714 or