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City of Portland Solid Waste Franchise Review

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is responsible for managing solid waste and recycling programs in Portland. BPS oversees a residential franchise system where private haulers provide residential garbage, recycling and yard debris collection services. On July 25, 2012, City Council directed BPS to begin a review of the residential solid waste and recycling franchise. As part of this review, BPS is proposing changes to the existing (2008) Franchise Agreement between the City and the waste haulers who serve households living in single-family homes through four-unit complexes.

Report on 2012 Franchise Review

For a copy of the proposed Franchise Agreement, you may view or print it here, or you may phone or email your request to:

The residential system was first franchised in 1992. The 10-year agreements have been renewed at 5-year increments since then. On July 25, 2012, City Council directed BPS to begin the residential franchise review. The system review is guided by the following principles:

  • Advance recovery rates and waste reduction goals.
  • Ensure cost-effective and safe operations.
  • Provide exemplary customer service.
  • Implement environmental best practices.
  • Maintain a robust and flexible system.

City Council will vote on the proposed Franchise Agreement on November 14. Public notice for the City Council date will be published in the Daily Journal of Commerce and posted on the City Auditor’s website.