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Working together for a smooth collection day

Garbage, recycling and composting drivers work hard every day to collect materials from all over Portland.

Garbage, recycling and composting drivers work hard every day to collect materials from all over Portland.
When setting out your roll carts, be mindful of their placement and location.

If space allows, this is the best way to place your roll carts: Proper way to set out garbage and recycling carts

1. Place carts away from obstacles like trees, cars, mailboxes, poles and basketball hoops.
2. Face the cart handle toward your home.
3. Place carts within 3 feet of the curb (required).
4. Leave up to 3 feet between carts to allow the truck's mechanical arm to operate more freely.

We understand that space is limited for some customers. Your efforts to place carts using these guidelines whenever possible are appreciated!

Don't forget to put away your roll carts after collection.

Community invited to discuss African American Historic Sites Documentation Project

The collaborative project will create an easier path to historic designation for significant African American resources in Portland.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, with support from the nonprofit Architectural Heritage Center, continues the year-long effort to document historic resources associated with Portland’s African American experience. The endeavor’s final product will be a Multiple Property Documentation (MPD) form, a National Register of Historic Places umbrella document which captures the significance of a thematic grouping of historic resources. The MPD will not designate any property as historic, but will make it easier for owners of African American historic resources to voluntarily nominate their property for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places in the future.

1904 Rutherford House
The 1904 Rutherford House was listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its association with significant civil rights leaders Otto and Verdell Rutherford and for its role as an NAACP meeting space during the 1950s. Photo courtesy Addam Goard. 

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and Architectural Heritage Center are committed to the meaningful involvement of those who own, rent, and care about African American historic resources. A community forum on the project will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the lower level of Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church located at 3138 N Vancouver Avenue.

Property owners, tenants, and the public are invited and encouraged to attend the July 15 community forum. Attendees are encouraged to bring photographs, stories, and other documentation that may aid in identifying and documenting significant historic resources associated with the African American experience in Portland. The community forum’s venue, Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2016 for its significant connection to African American Portlanders following the 1948 Vanport flood. An accessible entrance to the church is located on the Fargo Street side of the building. Refreshments will be provided by the Architectural Heritage Center.

1910 Rinehart Building
The 1910 Rinehart Building (also known as the Cleo-Lillian Social Club) was listed in the National Register of Historic Places as one of the few remaining commercial buildings in Albina associated with the social and cultural fabric of the African American community. Photo courtesy Addam Goard.  

If you are unable to attend the community forum on July 15th but have information or questions about the project, you are welcome to contact Architectural Heritage Center project researchers Cathy Galbraith and Kimberly Moreland at (503) 231-7264 (please leave messages with your name and phone number). The project is expected to be completed by early fall 2017.

Local leaders unveil new public trash cans for Portland’s Jade District

At the recent “Make Jade Glitter, Pick up the Litter” event, volunteers cleaned up the Jade District and neighborhood artist Hamilton Rodriguez revealed new work for unique public trash cans provided by the City of Portland.

Many of our neighborhoods are experiencing change — some of which is clearly positive and exciting, and some of which is challenging. The Jade District is literally and figuratively a crossroads for Portland, with 82nd Avenue the artery of our city that connects the east and the west. Like every neighborhood in Portland, one factor that faces the livability of neighborhoods is litter on the streets.

At a recent event, the City of Portland’s Public Trash Can Program celebrated a new pilot project with partners from the Jade District and SOLVE by organizing a litter cleanup activity and a storytelling session by BPS staffer Alfredo Gonzalez on the importance of waste management. After welcoming guests from the Jade District and the Mayor’s office, the new public trash cans were celebrated with a ceremonial toss of its first recyclable soda cans. Jade District Manager, Todd Struble, described the project as "public investments done right, by centering the community and relationships." The cans feature new art inspired by the Jade District Vision Plan and created by Hamilton Rodriguez, a neighborhood artist.

Jade District’s engaged residents and businesses made the pilot project happen

Centered at 82nd Avenue and SE Division, the Jade District is one of the most diverse districts both at a city and state level. The Jade District Vision Plan engaged residents and businesses in the area a few years back, including brainstorming sessions conducted in five different languages. One of the identified outcomes was a recommendation that some specific local businesses would benefit from public place garbage service.

The new cans are functional, and feature a safer design for workers who collect the trash. They also include a tray for returnable deposit cans and bottles that allows members of the public to remove those containers to be able to collect the deposit refund.

More about the City of Portland’s public trash can program

BPS administers the public trash can program that provides trash receptacles and contracts for collection service in downtown and six other business areas of the city. This program was started by the Bureau of Maintenance in 1977, and City Council directed the Solid Waste and Recycling Program to administer the program in 1998. BPS has maintained the collection of approximately 600 public trash cans within the initial program areas and collection is provided by commercial haulers selected through a competitive process.

In 2016, City Council adopted an increase to the solid waste commercial tonnage fee of $1.30 per ton for the expansion of the public trash program. The expansion of the program will add public trash cans and collection services to all of the regional, town and neighborhood centers as delineated in Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan). It will take an estimated five years to complete the expansion to cover all 31 Centers.

Timberrr! Include the Food for the win!

TIMBER JOEY of the Portland Timbers needs a whole lot of fuel to pump up the Timbers Army soccer fans for the big games. Sawing through logs after every goal takes a lot of energy!

Though he doesn’t use his chainsaw in the kitchen, Timber Joey plans ahead for big game-day meals to eat heartily and avoid wasting food. He collects food scraps to create nutrient-rich fertilizer that will benefit victory gardens across Portland and keep methane (a potent greenhouse gas) out of the landfill. Everyone living in a single-family home or smallplex (2-4 units) in Portland can add food scraps and yard debris to the green Portland Composts! roll cart for curbside collection.


  1. Set up the play! Find any kitchen container and line it with newspaper, paper bags or approved compostable bags. These optional liners help keep it clean. Sprinkle baking soda in it or rub vinegar on the inside of the lid to avoid odors and fruit flies.

  2. Trap your scraps! Collect food scraps while preparing meals, scraping plates and cleaning out the refrigerator.

  3. Goallll! Empty your kitchen container, including the liner, into your green Portland Composts! roll cart as frequently as you like.

  4. Red card! Besides the five approved brands of compostable liners, leave out plastic products, even if they say “compostable.” These belong in the garbage container.

 Watch our videos at for easy home composting tips.


Timber Joey with compost pails

Cook from scratch? Lots of scraps? Try reusing something larger like an old kitty litter bucket to collect your food scraps.

Fewer scraps? A kitchen bowl or a yogurt container might be right for you.

Show us your favorite container by adding the hashtag #INCLUDETHEFOOD on Twitter > @PortlandBPS  or Facebook/PortlandBPS

We appreciate and extend our thanks to the Portland Timbers and Timber Joey for participating in our INCLUDE THE FOOD campaign, which helps Portland advance our Climate Action Plan goal to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

Quick reference guide to curbside garbage, composting and recycling

Use this guide for weekly recycling and composting and every-other-week garbage collection for residents living in a single-family home or smallplex of 2-4 units.

curbside reference guide

Leave these items out:

Garbage: Computers, monitors, TVs, compact fluorescent lights bulbs (CFLs), hazardous waste and chemicals.

Green Portland Composts! roll cart: “Compostable” containers, pet waste, plastic bags, lumber, dirt, ashes and branches larger than 4” thick and 36” long.

Blue Portland Recycles! roll cart: Plastic bags, diapers, propane cylinders, plastic clam shells, coffee cups/lids/pods and plastic containers under 6 oz.

Yellow glass recycling bin: Light bulbs, vases, broken glass, ceramics, lids and drinking glasses. 

Choose the garbage container size that fits your household needs.

Find more resources to help you dispose of items not accepted at the curb.