2030 Objective: Recover 90 percent of waste from City operations by 2030
Recycling and composting, the most basic of all sustainable operations, have been available in City facilities for decades. In FY 15-16, the City’s waste recovery rate was 74 percent. The City has achieved this by continuing to find new recycling streams for items besides office waste, such as street lamps, hard hats and asphalt paint.
Achieving 90 percent waste recovery is an ambitious goal. In order to meet it, the City will have to find ways to recycle materials that currently don’t have a clear recycling pathway, like plastic pipe and worn uniforms.
Waste recovery from City operations
There’s no silver bullet for achieving a 90 percent recovery rate. Success requires projects that focus at the work site level and on specific materials.
For example, the Bureau of Technology Services donated over 1,200 laptops to Free Geek over the last five years. At the Portland Building and City Hall, staff work to promote and maintain composting stations resulting in over 110,000 pounds of waste annually. On a larger scale, the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Sunderland Yard composts and recycles over 30,000 cubic yards of leaf material every year.