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Phone: 503-823-7700

Curbside Hotline: 503-823-7202

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201

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Knock, knock: BPS Launches door-to-door education campaign for curbside collection

BPS has launched a door-to-door outreach campaign for Curbside Collection Service changes that is running through May 19.

Crews of volunteers provide assistance and resources to residents and answer questions about the curbside changes. Both Master Recycler volunteers and community volunteers are part of the effort to reach 40,000 households in different areas of the city.

Key themes will include:

  • Early indications show that Portlanders are reducing garbage by 30 percent or more! Residents are doing a great job composting food scraps and their efforts are making a difference. It takes time to adapt to a new change and some simple tips can make a big difference as residents refine what works best for them. All food can go in the green roll cart along with yard debris, including meat, bones, seafood, dairy and grains. A full list of what can go in each cart can be found here.

  • Big or small, we want it all! There are three key times to collect food scraps: preparing meals, scraping plates and cleaning the fridge of leftovers.

  • Use an optional kitchen pail liner – newspaper, a paper bag or approved compostable bag – and empty your pail, including the liner, into the green roll cart frequently.

  • Line the bottom of the green roll cart with newspaper, a paper bag or a pizza delivery box to help absorb moisture.

  • Use soap and water to clean the green roll cart. Pour dirty water onto grass or gravel, not down the storm drain.

  • Put the green roll cart at the curb every week, even if it’s not full.

We’re here to help!

Hotline: 503-823-7202