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The City of Portland, Oregon

Planning and Sustainability

Innovation. Collaboration. Practical Solutions.

Phone: 503-823-7700

Curbside Hotline: 503-823-7202

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

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Tenants with Curbside Collection Service

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Are you a tenant in a single family home, duplex, triplex or fourplex?

The landlord is required to provide and pay for curbside collection service. The minimum required service is 20 gallons of garbage per unit collected every other week. Recycling and composting service is also required.

Curbside collection service must be in the property owner’s name. A rental agreement cannot override this City policy. Talk to the landlord about possible service changes or one-time extra garbage pick up. Read more about property owner responsibility.  

Under Title 29 the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability considers landlords and garbage and recycling companies in compliance as long as the bill is in the landlord’s name and is sent to the landlord, or property manager for payment. All issues related to how, or if, landlords charge tenants for provision of services are outside of BPS authority. Title 29 neither requires nor prohibits landlords from recouping these costs from tenants. For landlord-tenant assistance contact Community Alliance for Tenants at 503-288-0130.

If you live in a 2-4 plex and share containers:

  • Decide whose responsibility it is to set out and remove the containers from the curb on collection day.
  • Set your containers out by 6 a.m. and remove within 24 hours of pick up.
  • Find and share resources with your neighbors. A detailed list of what goes in each container is available.

For residents in apartments and condominiums, as well as moorages, manufactured home parks, retirement communities, dormitories and houseboats of 5 or more units, visit Multifamily Communities.

Tenant Resources

Do you want to know how to collect and compost food scraps? There are three simple steps to food scrap collection. Check out these three short videos to learn composting basics, explore kitchen container liner options and get tips on caring for your kitchen compost container and green Portland Composts! roll cart.

Are You Moving?

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If you have items you no longer need or want on moving day, please do not leave them in the yard, driveway or on the curb. There are many recycling and garbage options available for these items.

  • Garage sales and donation centers are great for recyclable and reusable items such as furniture, clothes, shoes and books.
  • Talk to the landlord about setting out large or bulky items or extra garbage for collection. There is a fee for these services.
  • Electronic waste such as computers, monitors and TVs cannot be disposed of in the garbage in Oregon. These and other electronic accessories can be recycled. For recycling depot locations, contact Metro Recycling Information.
  • Hazardous waste such as paint, chemicals, cleaners or other hazardous materials should be taken to one of Metro’s Household Hazardous Waste Facilities.