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New Curbside Collection Service is coming to Portland this fall

Starting on Halloween, you* will be able to place all food scraps (including meat, bones and dairy!), along with yard debris, in your green Portland Composts! roll carts. *All Portland single-family households and residents living in buildings with four or fewer units.

As part of the new Curbside Collection Service, the green Portland Composts! roll cart will increase to weekly pick-up, and garbage collection will be changed to every-other-week, allowing additional food scrap and yard debris collection without raising prices for most residents. The blue Portland Recycles! roll cart and yellow glass recycling bin will continue to be collected weekly.

The new Curbside Collection Service means residents will be making shifts in how they deal with garbage in their kitchens and at the curb. Over the past year, the 2,000 Portland households who took part in the Food Scrap Curbside Collection pilot have proven that the new service can work for Portland residents. Not only were 87 percent of pilot survey respondents satisfied with the Curbside Collection Service at the end of one year, they also provided honest feedback that helped the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability understand when and how residents need assistance.

“Composting was new to us and at first my family was skeptical that we could make the change to every-other-week garbage collection work,” said Val Thorpe, a pilot resident from the Centennial neighborhood in East Portland. “We were surprised how much of our garbage really was compostable in the green roll cart and we quickly learned to make composting part of our family’s day-to-day routine. We feel great about turning what was garbage into something valuable that can be used again.”
Composting food scraps reduces waste and creates nutrient-rich compost for fertilizing yards and gardens. The food scraps and yard debris will be sent to local commercial composting facilities with specialized processes that break down food scraps and turn them into compost. The compost is then sold to landscapers and other agricultural users to fertilize the soil, prevent erosion, block weeds, retain water and prevent plant disease.

Why is the system changing?

The addition of curbside food scrap collection marks the implementation of Phase II of the Portland Recycles! Plan, which was adopted by city council in 2007 and included an extensive public involvement process. Read more about the Portland Recycles! Plan.

What’s next?

Prior to October 31, 2011, residents can expect to receive a kitchen pail for collecting food scraps in their kitchens, instructions on collecting food scraps, tips for maintaining the kitchen pail and green roll cart, as well as information about selecting a service option appropriate for their household.

Have questions?

Three easy ways to get help:
1. Visit to learn more and submit a comment form online.
2. Call the Curbside Hotline at 503-823-7202.
3. Send an e-mail to