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Curbside Hotline: 503-823-7202

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News and Tips on Garbage, Recycling, Composting and Reducing Waste at Home

In a unanimous vote, Portland City Council approves new rate for residential garbage, recycling and compost service

Effective May 1, 2018, the new rate addresses higher operating costs for Portland’s 12 franchised garbage and recycling companies.

After a thorough annual review of system costs, the Portland City Council has approved 2018-19 rates for residential garbage, recycling, and composting service at single-family homes and smallplexes up to four units. The monthly bill for the average Portland household will increase by about $2.55 starting May 1, 2018.

The rate increase is needed to cover higher costs for recycling, labor, fuel and garbage disposal. In particular, new quality standards for recycled materials sold to international manufacturers require local recycling facilities to hire additional workers.

It is still important to follow Portland’s recycling list. The City of Portland will re-evaluate the rates in Spring 2019.


  • Property owners of residential (1-4 unit) rental properties are required to set up and pay for service for tenants.



Make a stop at Portland’s annual event for hard-to-recycle items

Turn in prescription drugs, documents and electronics for shredding and recycling.

Saturday, April 28, 2018 marks a prescription drug disposal and shred event in Portland. Drive up 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 is from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., or earlier if the trucks fill to capacity. Location: 4735 East 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, EpiPen’s. To dispose of sharps, contact Metro at 503-234-3000 or

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

Items not accepted: Cardboard or three ring binders.

Acceptable items for electronics destruction and recycling: There are many items that are accepted at the event so review the full list online.

Items not accepted: Items containing Freon (e.g. refrigerator. Freezer, most water coolers), fire extinguisher, mercury containing devices (e.g. thermostat, ionization smoke detectors), PCB ballasts, Styrofoam, and wood.

Give back! Sunshine Division donation barrels will be available for donations of canned food, dry pasta, and gently-used clothing for needy families. Tax deduction forms will be provided.

Interested in other cleanup events?
Contact the Curbside Hotline at 503-823-7202 to find a Community Collection Event near you.

Ask the Curbside Hotline Operator: What can I do about people putting stuff in my curbside collection containers?

Remove garbage, recycling and compost containers from the curb within 24 hours of pick-up

Collection containers at the curb

What can I do about people putting stuff in my curbside collection containers?

The best way to discourage this is to keep your roll carts out of sight on non-collection days. Actually, residents should remove their empty roll carts, garbage containers and glass recycling bins from the curb within 24 hours of pick-up.

Leaving containers out creates potential hazards for pedestrians and vehicles. And can encourage passers-by to use a container that’s close to them at the time of need (dog poop bags, anyone!?) instead of carrying items to their own containers or using a public trash can.

Find details about service options and container set-out information.

Have a question for our Curbside Hotline Operator?
Submit your question online or call 503-823-7202.

Need help remembering garbage day?
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Thank you for helping to keep our neighborhoods clean and safe!

Reuse, repair and recycle your old electronics

Everyday gadgets can be reused and recycled at over 40 locations in Portland.

Donate or reuse electronics before you recycle

Portland nonprofit Free Geek wants your usable computers, laptops or tablets. They will refurbish unwanted electronics and donate them to folks who don’t have access to new computers. Free Geek also accepts electronics for recycling, so if you bring electronics that they don’t want, Free Geek can still take them off your hands.

Repair is even better

If your gadget needs a repair, you might be able to fix it with the experts at a local repair café event or at a local repair shop with Portland Repair Finder.

Free statewide program offers recycling options

Oregon E-Cycles provides free recycling of computers (desktops, laptops and tablets), monitors, TVs, printers and peripherals (keyboards and mice). Find a collector in Portland, where there are over 40 locations to drop off up to seven items at a time.

Recycling other electronics, like cell phones, speakers and game consoles

Oregon E-Cycles does not currently provide free recycling of cell phones, speakers, scanners, game consoles or other types of electronics or appliances — however, there are local recycling drop-off facilities that do accept these items. Call Metro’s Find a Recycler hotline (503-234-3000) or use their online search tool. They can tell you the most convenient drop-off locations to your home or workplace.

There are many benefits of doing the right thing with your stuff

Good for the environment: Electronics are made with valuable materials that can be recycled into new products. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) estimates that recycling one million computers prevents the release of greenhouse gases equivalent to the annual emissions of over 17,000 cars.

Good for our health: Electronics contain toxic materials such as lead, cadmium and mercury, and keeping these toxics out of the environment protects our health. According to the U.S. EPA, 40 percent of lead and 70 percent of other toxics found in landfills — including mercury, cadmium and polybrominated flame retardants — are from electronics.

Required: Since 2010, Oregonians are prohibited by law from throwing away computers, monitors or TVs in the garbage.