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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Consulting Opportunity for BPS’ Waste Equity Workplan

Applications due to Kapwa Consulting, LLC by November 17, 2019.

Commercial garbage truckIn addition to the new Waste Equity Advisory Body, there is another exciting upcoming opportunity to engage with BPS’s work advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in Portland’s garbage and recycling programs.

BPS has contracted with Kapwa Consulting, LLC to provide consulting and assistance on the implementation of the Waste Equity Workplan. Kapwa Consulting, LLC is seeking three individuals to serve as Waste Equity Consultants, to work on this project as sub-contractors to the City of Portland through a contract with Kapwa Consulting, LLC.

Waste Equity Consultants will:

  • Participate in Waste Equity Workplan working groups to provide needed expertise and perspective rooted in an understanding of racial and social inequities in Portland as they relate to contracting and the City of Portland’s garbage and recycling programs.
  • Collaborate with other working group members (City staff, consultants, and external partners) to develop options, proposals, and implementation strategies for actions in the Waste Equity Workplan.
  • Attend meetings of the Waste Equity Advisory Group, which provides oversight and accountability for the implementation of the Waste Equity Workplan and reviews and recommends updates to the Workplan annually.

For more information about this opportunity and application instructions, see the RFQ from Kapwa Consulting, LLC: Applications are due no later than 11 p.m. on November 17, 2019.

What is the difference between the Waste Equity Consultants and Waste Equity Advisory Body opportunity?

The two opportunities are separate, but related. We are looking for similar qualifications in applicants for both opportunities, including a commitment to advancing equity.

The main differences are role and time commitment:

  • Advisory Group members are unpaid volunteers with an oversight and accountability role and will meet for approximately 16 hours over the course of the year.
  • Waste Equity Consultants are paid and have a more time-intensive role working alongside City staff to develop implementation strategies, up to eight hours per month over the course of the year. 

Since paid Waste Equity Consultant positions are limited, we encourage people who are interested in getting engaged in this work to consider applying for both opportunities.

To apply to serve on the Waste Equity Advisory Group, fill out the online application at:

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Apply to Serve on the BPS Waste Equity Advisory Group

Volunteer application deadline is November 17, 2019.

Commercial garbage truckThe City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is recruiting seven volunteers for an opportunity to engage more deeply in the bureau’s efforts to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in Portland’s garbage and recycling programs. Selected volunteers will serve on the Waste Equity Advisory Group, a new City advisory body. 

The Waste Equity Advisory Group will provide oversight and accountability during the implementation of the Waste Equity Workplan, drawing on the knowledge and expertise of members to ensure that the projects and programs meet established goals.

About this Opportunity

The Waste Equity Advisory Group will develop a vision, goals, and performance measures to track progress on the implementation of BPS’s Waste Equity Workplan. Advisory Group activities include:

  • Visioning and Goal-Setting: The Advisory Group will help to craft a vision of an equitable, diverse, and inclusive waste collection system for Portland and, working with BPS staff and consultants, develop performance measures and set goals to track progress in achieving that vision.
  • Accountability and Transparency: The Advisory Group will review and evaluate progress on the Waste Equity Workplan annually, provide feedback on the prioritization of work in future phases, and recommend updates as needed to BPS program staff. Advisory Group members may be asked to accompany BPS staff to report on Workplan progress to Portland City Council.
  • Program and Project Development: The Advisory Group will advise BPS program staff on the implementation of Waste Equity Workplan projects and activities to ensure alignment with Workplan goals.

Advisory Group members will serve an initial one-year term and will meet approximately 16 hours over the course of the year. This is an unpaid volunteer opportunity. 

For more information and to apply, visit the recruitment page on the Office of Civic Life’s website at: Applications are due no later than 11 p.m. on November 17, 2019.

For details about another opportunity to engage in BPS’s Waste Equity Workplan implementation, read about Kapwa Consulting, LLC’s recruitment for Waste Equity Consultants.

About the Waste Equity Workplan

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability manages garbage and recycling collection in Portland. In August 2017, City Council directed BPS to focus on increasing participation of women and minority workers and reducing barriers to economic opportunities for minority-owned and women-owned companies in Portland’s waste collection system. During its most recent residential garbage and recycling franchise review, BPS engaged with stakeholders to develop a Waste Equity Workplan that identifies the work BPS will undertake to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in Portland’s garbage and recycling programs. 

Recycling doesn’t have to be a nightmare!

Be a fearless recycler.

Illustration of plastic items to look like ghosts

In Portland, the items you can recycle are the same whether you are at home or at work. When you recycle correctly, more materials will get remanufactured into new things.

Top 6 items to keep out of your recycling container —throw them in your garbage or better yet, don’t buy them in the first place!

    1. Plastic bags, plastic film and wrappers
    2. Paper and plastic drink cups, straws and coffee cups
    3. Frozen food boxes and trays
    4. To-go containers and “clamshells”
    5. Styrofoam™ blocks and foam peanuts
    6. Diapers, of course!

Learn what’s in and what’s out

Get a guide in multiple languages or contact the Curbside Hotline at 503-823-7202.


Calling all nature lovers, boaters, kayakers, paddle boarders, swimmers, hikers, residents and anyone else interested in the future of the Willamette River

The River Plan / South Reach Discussion Draft ready for review; public comments welcome until November 27, 2019.

Over the past 18 months the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff have been talking with interested groups and individuals during topic-specific meetings and community walks along the river as well as at visioning sessions, open houses and meetings hosted by others. River planners used this information to the develop the River Plan / South Reach Discussion Draft. View the Discussion Draft here. Comments on the Discussion Draft are due on Nov. 27, 2019.   

What’s in it?

The River Plan / South Reach is an update to the Willamette Greenway Plan for the south reach of the Willamette River. The Discussion Draft includes the following early recommendations:

Watershed Health and Resilience

  • Apply new River Overlay zones, which include a 50-foot river setback and new bird-safe glazing, exterior lighting and landscaping requirements.
  • Update floodplain development regulations to reduce flood risk and expand salmon and steelhead habitat.
  • Identify habitat restoration opportunities in key river and upland areas. 

Recreation and Scenic Resources

  • Increase access to in the Willamette Greenway Trail network.
  • Complete planning and identify implementation funding for the Ross Island/Oaks Bottom/Sellwood Riverfront Park complex and the former Staff Jennings site. 
  • Develop culturally specific City programming and activities.
  • Allow a small amount of river recreation-supportive retail in three South Reach parks.
  • Expand partnerships that address boater education, safety and enforcement.
  • Designate and protect the unique views of the South Reach.

Tribal Engagement and Collaboration

  • Work with tribal nations and the urban native community to identify culturally significant locations, natural resources and practices that honor and perpetuate tribal customs, traditions and culture. 

Riverfront Communities

  • Ensure all nearby neighborhoods have safe and convenient access to the riverfront.
  • Improve coordination and services to the houseless communities, while reducing impacts on natural resources.  

Review the Discussion Draft.

Learn more at an open house

Project staff are hosting an open house to share information about the discussion draft and hear what community members have to say about it. Refreshments will be provided.

River Plan / South Reach Discussion Draft Open House
Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019
9 - 11:30 a.m.
Center for Equity and Inclusion
5757 SW Macadam Avenue
Portland, OR
TriMet: #35

Safely dispose of prescription drugs and documents on October 26

Make a stop at this community event to turn in unwanted documents for shredding or prescriptions.

Attend a prescription drug disposal and shred event in Portland on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Drive, walk or bike and drop off your unwanted or expired prescription drugs and sensitive documents. Drugs will be safely incinerated and documents will be securely shredded on site. The event runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., or earlier if the trucks fill to capacity. Location: 4735 E. Burnside Street in Portland.

What’s accepted at the prescription drug disposal event?

prescriptions acceptedTake this stuff: Prescription medications and samples, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, pet medications, medicated ointments, and liquid medication in leak-proof containers.

Don’t take this stuff: Thermometers, sharps, syringes, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers, EpiPens. To dispose of sharps, contact Metro at 503-234-3000 or through Find a Recycler.

What’s accepted at the shred event?

Take this stuff: Up to two grocery bags of documents.

Don’t take this stuff: Cardboard or three-ring binders.

Give back!

Sunshine Division barrels will be available for donations of canned food, dry pasta, and non-perishable food for needy families. Tax deduction forms will be provided.

Need to know exactly what to bring?paper shredding accepted

Check out the full list online.