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Celebrating Autumn and five years of food scraps

In 2015, Portlanders collected more than 75,000 tons of yard debris and food scraps.

Portland residents have been composting food scraps through curbside collection for five years — and the results have been fantastic! We’ve done a great job of collecting material from our kitchens and yards so nutrient-rich compost can be created for farmers, gardeners and landscapers and used to suppress weeds, conserve water and improve the health of the soil.  

In the last five years, Portlanders collected more than 75,000 tons of yard debris and food scraps. That’s enough compost to fill a four-story building the size of Pioneer Courthouse Square. Keep up the good work!

rotting pumpkins in roll cartPumpkin time!

After celebrating autumn holidays, remember to compost pumpkins and gourds in the green roll cart too. This is the time of year to include seasonal food scraps like apple and pear cores and leftover or half-eaten candy (without wrappers). Pruned items, yard debris and fallen tree fruit also go in the green Portland Composts! roll cart.

Yard debris includes weeds, leaves, vines, grass, flowers, plant clippings and small branches (less than 4 inches thick and 36 inches long). Large branches that may come down during storms or stumps that are too big for your curbside container can be collected by your garbage and recycling company with advance notice (and extra fees) or taken to a recycling depot.

Watch the weight!

Don’t forget there are roll cart weight limits, especially with heavy pumpkins and wet leaves. The 60-gallon green composting roll carts have a 135-pound limit.

Leaf Day

From mid-November to mid-December, removing leaves from our streets is critical because they can clog storm drains, flood intersections and make streets slippery. Some Portland residents have street tree Leaf Day Pickup based on where they live.

Are you in a Leaf Day Pickup area?

Find out here or call 503-865-LEAF (5323).

Get ready for winter — and the holidays — at Fix-It Fair

Prepare your home for winter, bring items to be repaired, or get crafty in a workshop in November.

Fix-It Fair volunteersNow in its 30th year, the Fix-It Fairs are free events where neighbors come together to learn simple and effective ways to save money and stay healthy at home this winter and beyond.

What is a Fix-It Fair? Each all-day fair features exhibits and workshops from dozens of community partners. Experts are ready to talk about water and energy savings, home and personal health, food and nutrition, community resources, recycling, yard care and more! Additionally, the fairs provide free professional childcare and lunch to attendees.

New this season, all three fairs will offer workshops presented in Spanish, in addition to workshops in English. Repair PDX will again offer Repair Cafés at the fairs, with volunteer “fixers” on hand to repair small countertop appliances and clothing or other items to sew, like a backpack or stuffed animal.

The 2016-17 Fix-It Fair schedule:

¡Clases en Español!

Nov. 19, 2016
Ron Russell Middle School
3955 SE 112th Ave, Portland

Jan. 28, 2017
George Middle School
10000 N Burr Ave, Portland

Feb. 25, 2017
Madison High School
2735 NE 82nd Ave, Portland

All fairs run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Find out more about scheduled workshops (en español).

To receive information and reminders on upcoming fairs, e-mail us, or join the conversation on Facebook.

The Fix-It Fairs are presented by the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability with support from the following sponsors: Energy Trust of Oregon, Pacific Power, Portland Water Bureau and KUNP Univision.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing equal access. If you need special accommodation, interpretation or translation, please call 503-823-4309, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

Recap of October 13 City Council Hearing on Comp Plan Recommended Early Implementation Package

Commissioners hear testimony from more than 60 Portlanders about public trail alignments, zoning changes in Northwest Portland and more

On October 13, 2016, City Council held the second of two public hearings on the Comprehensive Plan Recommended Early Implementation Package. More than 60 Portlanders testified in front of commissioners, including a dozen or so people who had signed up but were unable to testify at the previous hearing on October 6. Mayor Charlie Hales left the written testimony period open until 8 a.m. Monday, October 17 to give Portlanders a few more days to submit testimony via email, letter or the Map App. 

What did people talk about at the hearings?

Testimony provided on October 13 addressed a variety of topics, including parking, major public trail alignments, parcel-specific zoning requests, height reductions for future development in some historic districts in Northwest Portland, and Transportation System Plan Street Design Classifications.

Find out more about the October 6 hearing, including watching the video of the hearing.

Next Steps

Over the next two months, City Council will hold a couple of work sessions and a final hearing before adopting the Recommended Early Implementation Package. Next up is a work session on October 25 to consider public testimony, discuss specific topics and prepare amendments. These amendments will be “sponsored” by Commissioners, based on public testimony on the Recommended Early Implementation Package as well as their own interests and concerns.

On November 17 City Council will hold the last public hearing on the City’s new Comp Plan to accept testimony on the amendments. Council will discuss that testimony during a work session on November 22, and a final vote on the Recommended Early Implementation Package will take place in December.

City Council Work Session
Recommended Early Implementation Package
Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 9 a.m.
City Hall Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue

City Council Public Hearing
Amendments to Recommended Early Implementation Package
Thursday, November 17, 2016, 2 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue

Watch City Council meetings live or at your convenience online.

Please check the Auditor’s website for more information about how to testify and to confirm details.


Call the Comp Plan Helpline at 503-823-0195.

Residential Infill Project Concept Report now available; City Council public hearings scheduled for November 9 and 16

Proposals will reduce the scale of houses and help create more housing choices in Portland's single-dwelling neighborhoods

In response to community concerns related to new infill development, housing affordability and compatibility, demolitions, and the need for more housing choices in Portland’s single-dwelling neighborhoods, City Council directed the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) to undertake the Residential Infill Project (RIP) in August 2015.

Two online questionnaires and two months of public review later, project staff have released the RIP Concept Report for City Council to consider before directing staff to write implementing code.

The report recommendations are at a concept level and reflect hundreds of conversations with stakeholders and community members. The recommended concepts will:

  • Reduce the size of houses based on lot size and zone.
  • Apply a Housing Opportunity Overlay Zone in areas with good access to services, jobs and transportation options and other amenities. Within this new overlay zone, allow more housing types (duplexes, triplexes on corners, additional ADUs) and rezone historically narrow lots to R2.5.
  • Increase flexibility for cottage clusters.
  • Provide incentives for retaining existing houses.
  • Revise parking rules for houses on narrow lots.
  • Concept report cover

Read the Residential Infill Concept Report 

Download a four-page handout that summarizes the recommendations

Copies of the report are also available at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability at 1900 SW 4th Ave., 7th floor, or can be mailed to you if you call 503-823-7700. 

What has changed from the RIP Discussion Draft proposals?

The most significant changes to the proposals are:

1)      Change to scale of housing: In addition to lot size,
         differentiate by zone when calculating the allowable
         size of house.

2)      Changes to housing choice:

  • Establish a Housing Opportunity Overlay Zone to be applied where additional housing types will be allowed;
  • Revise the study boundary of where to apply the Housing Opportunity Overlay Zone to include more amenity-rich areas and exclude David Douglas School District.    
  • Require design controls for projects with more units than currently allowed by the base zone; and
  • Create new incentives to retain existing houses.

3)      Change to historically narrow lots: Rezone to R2.5 to reflect lot size.

Planning and Sustainability Commission Briefing
Project staff will brief the Planning and Sustainability Commission on the Concept Report on October 25, 2016, at 4 p.m., at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, 2500A (no testimony will be taken). You can watch the briefing on the BPS YouTube channel.

Please check the PSC calendar prior to the event to confirm date, time and details. 

City Council Briefing and Public Hearings
Next month staff will give City Council a briefing on the recommended concepts. After the briefing Council will hold public hearings, followed by a vote by resolution giving staff direction to develop Zoning Code language and Zoning Maps that will implement the concepts they approve.

November 1, 9:30 a.m.                 
Briefing (no public testimony)

November 9, 2 p.m. (time certain)           
Public hearing

November 16, 2 p.m. (time certain)
Public hearing; deliberation/vote, if time allows

All meetings will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue. All Council meetings will be broadcast live at

How do I testify at City Council?
You may testify in person by signing up when you arrive. Check the Council agenda prior to the hearing to confirm the item is still scheduled.

You may also testify on the recommended concept in writing:

Via U.S. Mail: 1221 SW Fourth Ave. Room 130, Portland, Oregon 97204

Via email:

Written testimony must be received by the time of the last hearing on November 16 and must include your name and address. 

To learn more about past events and outreach efforts that helped shape the recommended concepts, please review the following documents:

Next Steps
In November, City Council is expected to give staff direction to develop Zoning Code language that will implement the recommended concepts. The code development process will begin in 2017 and include a Discussion Draft public review period, followed by PSC hearings before going back to City Council for public hearings and a final decision.

For more information, visit the project website at

Or contact project staff:

Morgan Tracy, Project Manager,, 503-823-6879
Julia Gisler, Public Involvement,, 503-823-7624

Updated information about the Task 5 Implementation Projects at City Council

Written testimony deadline extended; work sessions will follow

Portland City Council completed the second of two public hearings on the Recommended Draft of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan Early Implementation Package on October 13.

City Council has held the record open for written testimony through 8:00 a.m. on Monday, October 17. 

To testify:

  • Email: with subject line "Comprehensive Plan Implementation"
  • Via the Map AppTestify about specific properties or transportation proposals through the Map App.

Council will next hold work sessions to discuss proposed amendments. They are expected to make their final recommendation in the next month.

For more information, visit the project web page: