With over 40 neighborhood events scheduled around Portland in April and May, residents all over the city will have a chance to clean up unwanted clutter from their homes, basements and garages. Materials accepted at Community Collection Events vary, from bulky items like furniture, mattresses and appliances, to items for recycling and reuse like scrap metal and household goods.
As funding sponsors of these events, both BPS and Metro are providing more information about asbestos and prohibiting some materials from community collection events.
Items not accepted at these events include: hazardous waste materials; all construction, remodeling or demolition materials (see examples below); all kitchen garbage; residential yard debris and trimmings; and waste and recyclables collected curbside.
Examples of high risk construction materials suspected of containing asbestos:
- Flooring: vinyl tiles, vinyl sheet, mastic
- Walls: plaster, decorative plaster
- Siding: cement siding shingles “Transite”
- Ceilings: acoustical tiles, “popcorn” and spray-on texture
- Insulation: spray-applied, blown-in, vermiculite, pipe, HVAC and lagging
- Electrical: wire insulation, panel partitions
- Other: fire doors, fire brick, fire proofing
Your support in protecting neighborhood volunteers and transfer station staff from exposure to asbestos and keeping our neighborhoods clean and safe is appreciated.
Some cleanup events accept a broader range of items, so be sure to check with your neighborhood coalition for their complete list. Find details about Community Collection Events hosted by neighborhood associations or community groups through your neighborhood coalition office:
Contact the Office of Neighborhood Involvement or call 503-823-4519 to find contact information for your neighborhood association.
Your garbage and recycling company can remove large, bulky items that are not reusable or recyclable for an extra charge. Call your company a week in advance and they will give you a cost estimate. For a reasonable charge, they will pick up appliances, furniture, large branches, stumps and other big items. For curbside pickup, set bulky items at your curb on the day your garbage and recycling company has agreed to pick them up.