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The City of Portland, Oregon

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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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Curbside Collection Tip #2: Right-size your garbage container

35, 60 and 90 gallon garbage containers

If your garbage container is often full or close to the weight limit, consider a larger size for an additional $5-7 per month. If it’s half or three-quarters full, consider a smaller size or less frequent pick-up and save on your monthly bill.

Container sizes

Garbage roll cart size options and weight limits are:

  • 20 gallon: 60 pounds (not pictured above)
  • 35 gallon: 85 pounds
  • 60 gallon: 135 pounds
  • 90 gallon: 175 pounds

Collection frequency

Standard service includes every other week garbage pickup, along with weekly pickup of recycling and compost.

You can choose to decrease garbage service to every four weeks, or sign up for on-call garbage collection. Both of these options still include weekly pickup of recycling and compost. (Note: the 20 gallon container is not available for every four week collection.)

If you occasionally have extra garbage, you may set out an extra bag or can of garbage on your collection day for a $5 fee. Extra garbage must be 32 gallons or smaller and weigh 55 lbs. or less.

Read more about preparing your garbage or contact your garbage and recycling company to make changes to your service level. 

Note: Renters in a single family house and smallplex (2-4 units) should contact the landlord to request service changes. 

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Have a question for our Curbside Hotline Operator?

Submit your question online or call 503-823-7202.