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Turn in prescription drugs and shredded documents on April 27

Make a stop at this community event to dispose of unwanted items.

Shredded paper in a brown paper bagPlastic prescription bottle

Attend a prescription drug disposal and shred event in Portland on Saturday, April 27, 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.

Acceptable items for prescription drug disposal event: Prescription medications and samples, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, pet medications, medicated ointments, and liquid medication in leak-proof containers.

Items not accepted: 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.

Acceptable items for shred event: Up to two grocery bags of documents.

Items not accepted: 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?

Check out the full list online.

Interested in other cleanup events?

Contact the Curbside Hotline at 503-823-7202 to find a Community Collection Event near you.

Clean up for spring at citywide Community Collection Events

Reuse, recycle and dispose of unwanted bulky materials at dozens of events.

Portlanders can clean up their garages, basements or other clutter-filled areas and head to one of over 35 Community Collection Events scheduled this spring. Materials accepted at collection events vary, but the sponsoring neighborhood association or community group may offer a combination of bulky waste collection, an onsite reuse section and a litter pickup activity.

Wilkes community members at a collection event.

Wilkes community members get to work at the 2018 collection event.

A variety of community groups are providing this convenient service for a reasonable donation or fee. Besides bulky items like furniture, mattresses and appliances locations may accept items for recycling and reuse, like scrap metal and household goods.

The City of Portland’s Community Collection Events, also known as Neighborhood Cleanups, offer neighborhood, community and nonprofit organizations funds for proper disposal of bulky household waste that may otherwise be disposed of inappropriately. The events prioritize recycling and reuse over disposal.

These events do not accept the following items: Hazardous waste materials; all construction, remodeling or demolition materials; all kitchen garbage; residential yard debris and trimmings; commercial landscaping; roofing; waste and recyclables collected curbside; and waste not allowed at a regional transfer station. Learn more about asbestos containing materials at the Metro transfer stations.

Your support in protecting community volunteers and transfer station staff from exposure to asbestos and keeping our neighborhoods clean and safe is appreciated.

Have bulky items at other times of the year?
Your garbage and recycling company can remove large items that are not reusable or recyclable for an extra charge anytime of the year. Usable goods can find new homes with many online options.

Need a list of this year’s events?
Contact the Curbside Hotline at 503-823-7202 to find a Community Collection Event near you.

Do you want trash with that?

Take-out items are not recyclable – they belong in the trash.

Leave out the take-out!
Take-out items are not recyclable – they belong in the trash.

If you don’t need the straw, fork, spoon, cup, condiments, containers—or a bag, say so!

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Head out for cheap eats with an on-the-go kit

Do your part to reduce single-use items by creating a to-go kit so you’ll have what you need when you need it.

Make a kit for your car, day bag or bike bag. Include reusable shopping bags, a coffee or travel mug, produce bags, silverware or small containers for leftovers. After you use something from your kit, replace it when you get home, so your kit is always with you and ready for anything.

Having an on-the-go kit is good if you eat out a lot, make frequent stops at the store, or tend to forget your reusables (we all do!).

Recycle with confidence. Get a guide in multiple languages

Need more tips to reduce, reuse and refuse?
Check out the Resourceful PDX blog for more tips and ideas.

Take hard-to-recycle items to the Green Days recycling event

Team up with Fred Meyer and the Trail Blazers for this community recycling event.

Join Fred Meyer and the Trail Blazers on Saturday, April 6, 2019 for a Green Days community recycling event in Portland. Drop off items and participate in activities for you and your family. Meet Trail Blazers personalities, win tickets and other prizes. The event runs from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Location: Hollywood Fred Meyer, 3030 NE Weidler Street in Portland. Be Cart Smart, the City of Portland’s residential recycling education program, will be on hand in the Vendor Village to answer recycling questions and share waste reduction ideas.

foam blocks

Accepted materials include: Plastics bags and wrap, Styrofoam, batteries, electronics and cardboard.

Acceptable items for Agilyx: All forms of Polystyrene (#6) including Styrofoam. No starch peanuts, Polypropylene or Polyethylene foam.

Acceptable items for Free Geek: Smartphones, tablets, e-readers, video systems – and Oregon E-Cycles program items like computers, monitors, TVs, printers, keyboards and mice. Find out more about what is and isn’t accepted.

Give back! The Oregon Food Bank will accept your cans and bottles for donation through the Bottle Drop fundraising program. 

Learn more about Let’s Go Green Together.

Tidying up? Put your unwanted stuff in the hands of those who need it.

Your stuff matters, including what you no longer want or need.

Woman with basket full of items to donate

The new year brings resolutions and goals about getting organized and staying that way. If you are clearing clutter and are ready to part with items – from clothes, books and music to household goods, electronics and décor – then go local and donate usable items to Portland neighbors and organizations. These online tools make it easy for you to reuse, borrow and share stuff you longer want or need.

Many groups and organizations are free and offer Portland-area residents simple ways to move useful materials through the community and into the hands of others who need them.

Freecycle
Freecycle is a grassroots movement committed to a sharing economy and helping people give and gain cool free stuff. It promotes reuse and keeping usable items out of landfills.

Paying it Forward Store
The Paying it Forward Store helps those in immediate need of clothing, coats and shoes and connects to other like-minded organizations by collecting and distributing donated items.

Rooster
Rooster is a community of neighbors who share resources at no cost. It’s about borrowing things you need — and making rewarding connections in your community. Learn more about Rooster.

Nextdoor
Nextdoor is a tool for getting helpful recommendations and resources from neighbors in addition to borrowing, donating or selling items.  

Buy Nothing Project
Buy Nothing Project members post anything you’d like to give away, lend or share. It is neighborhood- and Facebook-based, focused on items you’d like to borrow or acquire, at no cost, from neighbors.

Other resources:

Have unusable bulky items?

Your garbage and recycling company can remove large items that are not reusable or recyclable for an extra charge. Call your company a week in advance and they will give you a cost estimate. For a reasonable charge, they will pick up appliances, furniture, large branches, stumps and other big items. For curbside pickup, set bulky items at your curb on the day your garbage and recycling company has agreed to pick them up.

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