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Proposed Administrative Rule Changes (April 24, 2014)

Administrative Rules are reviewed at least annually and following the adoption of changes in City Code. The public is invited to review the rules and to suggest changes prior to a public hearing. Notice of hearings is published in the local newspaper and will also be posted on this Website.

Background Information

"Residential” rules affect garbage, recycling and composting service delivery at any “residential” building, which is defined as a single ­family, duplex, triplex or fourplex residence. For “residential” service, the City uses a franchise system which assigns haulers to specific territories and the City sets the service options.

“Commercial” rules affect the standards and expectations for companies that provide commercial garbage, recycling and composting service.

Proposed Changes to Residential Rules

The following are among the proposed changes:

  • Uniform color (gray) for garbage carts. Require all roll cart orders to meet specs by 7/1/2014.

  • Require all existing 20 gallon roll carts with painted lines to be replaced with 20 gallon roll carts or liners by 7/1/2015.

  • Require all customer-provided containers to meet specs by 7/1/2024.

Proposed Changes to Commercial Rules

The following are among the proposed changes:

  • Update rules to reflect Metro’s acceptable compostable materials list. 
  • Upon BPS request, haulers shall provide customer lists. 
  • Clarification on how multifamily complexes shall be serviced. This affects multifamily complexes such as condominiums, apartments and mobile home parks with more than four dwelling units on a single tax lot. Multifamily complexes, with limited exceptions, will need to be serviced by only one hauler under a single account for the whole complex. Additionally, the property owner or manager is responsible for setting up and paying for services for the entire complex. Most multifamily accounts are already set up this way; however, some complexes will require changes. Affected property owners and managers will have until March 31, 2015 to make the changes.
  • Clarification to definition of customer to address multifamily servicing.

Proposed Changes to Business Rules 

  • Update rules to reflect Metro's acceptable compostable materials list.
  • Require generators to ensure source-separated recycling and, if applicable, ensure source-separated composting is properly prepared and free of contamination.

A complete draft of the proposed rules, including strikethrough of proposed changes, will be posted soon.

Public Hearing Scheduled

June 24, 2014
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Residential and Commercial Administrative Rules Hearing
City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
1900 SW 4th Ave., Room 7A.

If you would like to suggest changes to the rules but do not plan to attend the hearing, please send your comments in writing.

In order to incorporate your comments into the discussion at the hearing, please send them by 4 p.m. on June 24, 2014. All comments must be received no later than the end of the public hearing, unless the deadline is extended at the hearing. You may submit comments in the following ways:

Email: (Please note “Admin Rules Review” on the subject line.) We will respond by email unless you request otherwise.

Fax: 503­-823-­4562 (Please note “Admin Rules Review” on the document.)

US mail or hand delivery:

Solid Waste and Recycling Rules Review
1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201