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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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Garbage Collection

Right size your garbage container, you have options

Standard garbage service includes every other week pickup. You have options to fit your household’s needs. Increase or decrease the size of your garbage container or sign up for every four week pickup. Garbage roll carts come in 20, 35, 60 and 90-gallon sizes and are provided by your garbage and recycling company. Check your collection schedule.

Curbside Garbage Collection

  • Garbage is picked up every other week.
  • Do not pack cart or can tightly; contents must fall out easily.
  • Remove empty containers from curb within 24 hours.
  • Weight limits vary depending on the size of your container. See Preparing your garbage below.
  • Do not dispose of hazardous products in your garbage container. Learn how to dispose of hazardous waste.
  • You can set out an extra garbage container or bag on your collection day for a $5 fee.

Tips for every-other-week garbage

  • Bag and tightly fasten waste, such as diapers and pet waste, before placing in your garbage container.
  • Keep the lid securely closed.
  • Store your garbage container out of direct sunlight.
  • Sprinkle baking soda in your garbage can to avoid odors and deter insects.

Preparing Your Garbage

YES – put these items in your garbage container 
 garbage items Gray roll cart icon
  • paper plates, coffee cups, freezer boxes, takeout containers and wrappers
  • facial tissue
  • Styrofoam™
  • plastic bags
  • plastic containers labeled "compostable"
  • rigid clamshells and trays
  • toys
  • painted or stained wood and plywood
  • incandescent light bulbs
  • windows 
 kitchen fats, oils and grease

Placed in sealed container

  • kitchen fats, cooking oil and grease
 bagged items Must be bagged
  • pet waste and cat litter
  • diapers and feminine hygiene products
  • ashes and sawdust
  • packaging peanuts
  • broken glass    

NO – keep these items out of your garbage container

Weight limits

These limits were set by the City of Portland to ensure the health and safety of the garbage and recycling company drivers:

  • 20-gallon can - 35 lbs.
  • 20-gallon roll cart - 60 lbs
  • 32-gallon can - 55 lbs
  • 35-gallon roll cart - 85 lbs
  • 60-gallon roll cart - 135 lbs
  • 90-gallon roll cart - 175 lbs

Don't overfill garbage containers or compact their contents. Contents must fall freely from the container. If your container is overweight, your driver will determine if it is safe to empty. If it is emptied, an extra charge may apply. If the container is not emptied because it is heavier than the maximum weight allowed, call the company's office as soon as possible for your pickup options. You will have to repack the material into containers or bags that meet the weight limits.

Customer-provided containers

Customer-provided garbage cans are being phased out and these service levels are generally not available. Customers making service level changes to customer-provided cans will be required to switch to hauler-provided roll cart service. Customers who currently provide their own 20-gallon or 32-gallon garbage container may continue to do so at this time. Customer-provided garbage cans must be designed for safe handling; tapered, with a smaller bottom than top opening; non-absorbent; equipped with a watertight bottom, side handles, a handhold on the bottom, and tight-fitting lids or covers which can be removed easily; vector-resistant; durable; and easy to clean.