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The City of Portland, Oregon

Planning and Sustainability

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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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Portland residents show their food scraps are too good to waste

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Portland’s curbside food scrap collection program just had its third birthday! 

Since 2011, Portland residents have turned over 200,000 tons of yard debris and food scraps into rich compost for healthier farms and gardens. That’s like filling 50 Olympic size swimming pools to the brim with compost!

Now almost 80 percent of Portland households are adding food scraps to their green composting roll cart. With all of your help, Portland has reduced garbage going to landfill by 36 percent since the food scrap collection program started three years ago.

Compost works. And we like it!

A recent citywide survey showed Portlanders love their curbside compost, recycling and garbage service and rate it more highly than almost any other city service. Nearly three‑quarters of residents feel “very good” or “good” about their curbside collection.

Looking for ways to make food scrap collection work even better for you?  Get information about successful food scrap collection, including how-to videos at

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