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Timberrr! Include the Food for the win!

Though he doesn’t use his chainsaw in the kitchen, Timber Joey plans ahead for big game-day meals to eat heartily and avoid wasting food. He collects food scraps to create nutrient-rich fertilizer that will benefit victory gardens across Portland and keep methane (a potent greenhouse gas) out of the landfill. Everyone living in a single-family home or smallplex (2-4 units) in Portland can add food scraps and yard debris to the green Portland Composts! roll cart for curbside collection.


  1. Set up the play! Find any kitchen container and line it with newspaper, paper bags or approved compostable bags. These optional liners help keep it clean. Sprinkle baking soda in it or rub vinegar on the inside of the lid to avoid odors and fruit flies.

  2. Trap your scraps! Collect food scraps while preparing meals, scraping plates and cleaning out the refrigerator.

  3. Goallll! Empty your kitchen container, including the liner, into your green Portland Composts! roll cart as frequently as you like.

  4. Red card! Besides the five approved brands of compostable liners, leave out plastic products, even if they say “compostable.” These belong in the garbage container.

 Watch our videos at for easy home composting tips.


Timber Joey with compost pails

Cook from scratch? Lots of scraps? Try reusing something larger like an old kitty litter bucket to collect your food scraps.

Fewer scraps? A kitchen bowl or a yogurt container might be right for you.

Show us your favorite container by adding the hashtag #INCLUDETHEFOOD on Twitter > @PortlandBPS  or Facebook/PortlandBPS

We appreciate and extend our thanks to the Portland Timbers and Timber Joey for participating in our INCLUDE THE FOOD campaign, which helps Portland advance our Climate Action Plan goal to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.