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All kinds of businesses throughout the Portland metropolitan area are doing their part for our environment by recycling at work. But, during an average year, businesses still send more than 100,000 tons of recyclable paper and containers to our local landfills.
To encourage recycling in our region, Metro has adopted Business Recycling Requirements. Businesses in the Portland metropolitan area are required to recycle paper, metal cans, plastic bottles, and glass bottles/jars.
City of Portland Administrative Rules referencing this requirement can be found here*:
Sustainability at Work to offers free, non-regulatory assistance to set up or improve your recycling program. Contact Sustainability at Work at 503-823-7037 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the consequences for not recycling?
If the City of Portland receives a complaint that your workplace is not recycling, the complaint will be investigated. If found out of compliance, the business will be expected to come into compliance within 30 days.
If compliance is not achieved within 30 days, fines will be issued. Fines are $200 per month for the first infraction. Subsequent infractions will increase by $200 each month, i.e., second infraction will be $400, third infraction will be $600 and continues at that level until the infraction is resolved.
How can my business come into compliance?
A business will be considered in compliance by collecting recycling (paper, metal cans, plastic bottles and glass bottles/jars) separate from the garbage and into the appropriate recycling container.
Your garbage and recycling company will tell you the cost, supply you with external service containers, and will help you troubleshoot space constraints. Several haulers doing business in the City can also assist you by providing staff training. Get additional posters, stickers, and staff training at Sustainability at Work at 503-823-7037, email@example.com .
My business does not have the space for recycling. Do you still expect us to participate?
Yes. Here are a few suggestions to help address space constraints:
My property manager won’t provide the service. What should I do?
If your property manager provides you with garbage service, they are also required to provide you with the opportunity to recycle and compost. Call Paul de Block at Sustainability at Work (503) 823-2069 to find out more about the responsibilities of property management and how the City can help facilitate the start of composting service.
*In 2009, the City of Portland mailed all businesses a letter communicating the requirement to recycle. The letter referred to following “five easy steps” and required all businesses to fill out a yearly progress report showing their commitment to recycling. Following the “five easy steps” and filling out a yearly progress report is no longer required.