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Increase the green in 2016: Organize

This new year, include simple changes for health and happiness with sustainable resolutions that stick.


This year, make it easier for you and your household to get the right roll carts to the curb by receiving email reminders for curbside collection service.illustration of laptop and smart phone

Sign up for weekly email reminders at in just two steps!

  1. Enter your street address.
  2. Choose your garbage pickup frequency.

Voila! You will automatically see what roll carts to set out for the next pickup day. Bookmark this page for even faster access next time.

Take the guesswork out of garbage day

While weekly email reminders let you know which carts go to the curb each week, other benefits include weather-related and holiday collection day changes.

During severe weather conditions, like we recently experienced, driving may be hazardous and the collection of garbage, compost and recycling may be delayed or postponed for Portland residents.

The tool also includes features for you to:

  • Get your schedule
  • Find your garbage and recycling company
  • Obtain resources like detailed lists of accepted materials
  • Ask questions

City Council to hold one more hearing on draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan goals, policies and land use map on January 13

Commissioners will hear testimony from community members who attended last week’s hearings but could not be heard due to time constraints.

The turnout at last Thursday’s hearing was so large that City Council has decided to hold one more public hearing on the draft Comprehensive Plan goals, policies and land use map this Wednesday at City Hall.

City Council Public Hearing on Comprehensive Plan Recommended Draft
Testimony will be heard on draft goals, policies and land use map
Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 4 ­– 6 p.m.
Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue

Those who signed up to testify at Council’s January 7 hearing — but didn’t get a chance — will be heard first, in the order they signed up. Other community members may sign up on a wait list starting at 3 p.m., but time for additional testimony will be limited. Please note that you may not save a spot in line or sign up to testify for anyone but yourself. No food or childcare will be provided.

At the end of Wednesday's hearing, City Council will determine whether to close the comment period then or at a later time/date. In the following weeks, Commissioners will discuss Commissioner-sponsored amendments to the draft 2035 Plan in work sessions on January 26, February 2, and February 23, 2016. 

Once an amendments package is published, an additional public hearing on Council’s amendments will be scheduled in April. Please check the City Council website to confirm dates, times and locations for all hearings.

Questions about the Comprehensive Plan? Call the Helpline at 503-823-0195. Or visit

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing equal access to information and hearings. If you need special accommodation, interpretation or translation, please call 503-823-7700, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900 within 48 hours prior to the event.

PSC News: Eli Spevak and Katie Larsell Confirmed to Planning and Sustainablity Commission

City Council confirms newest PSC members: affordable and community-oriented housing developer and East Portland advocate join the advisory committee

At its Wednesday, January 13, 2016 morning session, City Council confirmed the appointments of Eli Spevak and Katie Larsell to the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission. 

Eli Spevak has a background in sustainable residential development and affordable and community-oriented housing. Eli has had extensive civic involvement in Portland and recently served on the Comprehensive Plan Residential Development and Compatibility Policy Expert Group. He is also currently serving on the Residential Infill Stakeholder Advisory Committee. He is the owner of Orange Splot LLC and previously worked as a project manager at the Housing Development Center. He was a Loeb fellow and has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from PSU.

Katie Larsell is an East Portland advocate and has served on the Parkrose School Board, Steering Committee for the Bicycle Master Plan 2020 and was a charter member of the East Portland Action Plan (EPAP). She is currently a member of the Citywide Budget Advisory Committee. Katie’s diverse work background includes being an industrial engineer and an ordained minister.

The appointees' diverse backgrounds and knowledge of Portland will make them valuable members of the Commission. Their first meeting as PSC members will be on January 26, 2016.

Increase the green in 2016: Share

This new year, include simple changes for health and happiness with sustainable resolutions that stick.


Save money with Portland resources where you can find ideas for making simple changes in everyday choices that will keep you on budget.

Borrow: Join a tool or kitchen library to borrow items you only use occasionally. Access tools and share items like drills, sanders, painting equipment and shovels. Portland residents have options around the city, based on where you live. There are NorthNortheastSoutheast locations, plus residents in and around the Lents neighborhood in outer Southeast and East Portland have the Green Lents Community Tool Library.

Kitchen Share is a network of kitchen tool libraries building community through the sharing of equipment, skills, traditions and food. They offer items like dehydrators, canning equipment, ice cream makers, juicers, mixers, bread makers and durable dishes for Northeast and Southeast residents.

Swap: Portland is full of organizations that facilitate sharing between neighbors – offering tools and equipment, space, clothes, toys and more.

Share your style by hosting a clothing swap with friends. Swap Positive is your go-to resource for Portland area swaps. A swap involves getting a bunch of people together to exchange clothes and other items you no longer need, and offering them free of charge to others by swapping them instead. 

Fix: Extend the life of the goods you own with easy fixes. Community resources, such as Repair PDX and local repair shops share their expertise to fix anything! From clothing and shoes, to furniture and tools, and even electronics and appliances.

Get more community resources on how and where to make simple changes in everyday choices at Resourceful PDX

Public invited to testify at February 9 hearing on Portland Plant List update

Updated document identifies native and nuisance plant species found in Portland and the metropolitan region

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), in partnership with the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), will hold a public hearing on a proposed Portland Plant List (PPL) update. The list identifies native plants and nuisance plant species found in Portland and the metropolitan region. The document describes the ecological and social benefits provided by plants on the Native Plants List, as well as the impacts and risks associated with the spread of invasive plants on the Nuisance Plants List.

The PPL is a technical and educational document, which is used widely by City staff, developers, local natural resource and watershed agencies and organizations, and residents throughout the metropolitan region. The list is used in administering certain zoning regulations, including those that apply in environmentally sensitive areas of Portland. The document also includes a list of plants that are required to be removed if found in the city. The city first published the PPL in 1991 and has updated it several times over the years, most recently in 2011. 

Proposed amendments to the Portland Plant List updates include:

  1. Removal of 16 species from the Native Plants List (Attachment A)
  2. Addition of eight species, and reassessment and update of three species ranks in the Nuisance Plants List (Attachment B)
  3. Technical amendments — corrections to plant taxonomy (Attachment C)
  4. Updates to the Portland Plant List Appendix A, History (Attachment D)

Read the Portland Plant List Update Staff Report

Public Hearing on the Proposed Portland Plant List Update

Attend the public hearing to testify to the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability director or her delegate.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Brief staff presentation at 6:00 p.m.; discussion and public testimony to follow
1900 SW 4th Ave., Room 2500B

How to submit testimony in writing
Can’t make the hearing? You can also submit testimony to the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability in writing.

U.S. Mail
Send a letter with your comments to:

Jeff Caudill
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 7100  
Portland, OR, 97201
Attn: Portland Plant List Update Comment 

Email: Send to with Portland Plant List Update Comments in the subject line.

Written testimony must be received by the 4:00 p.m. the day of the hearing or at the hearing and must include your name and address.