Spring cleaning season is here, with a focus on Earth Day 2014 in Portland. Neighborhoods all across Portland hold cleanup events to give residents a chance to reduce waste and unwanted clutter from their homes, basements or garages.
There are 47 neighborhood cleanup events scheduled throughout Portland during the spring months. Accepted materials at cleanups vary. Materials typically include bulky items like furniture, mattresses and appliances, hard-to-recycle materials, scrap metal, building materials and wood.
Neighborhood cleanups prioritize and promote both recycling and reuse over throwing away. Volunteers from neighborhood associations coordinate these events and have been offering more options for reuse and swapping at the events every year. Last year, 33 neighborhood cleanups incorporated onsite reuse options, allowing neighbors to take, swap or buy items immediately.
The seven Neighborhood Coalitions have listings of the scheduled cleanup events by neighborhood association.
Find contact information for your neighborhood association from the Office of Neighborhood Involvement or call 503-823-4519.
Contact the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability at 503-823-7202 for possible cleanup dates, locations, costs and accepted materials.
Celebrate Earth Day at Portland’s largest community celebration on Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The free event takes place in Kenton Park in North Portland and has something for everyone: Live music, entertainment, kids’ activities and information tables from a variety of organizations and businesses