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Proposed Administrative Rule Changes for Garbage, Recycling and Composting Collection

The public is invited to review the administrative rules for commercial and residential garbage, recycling and composting collection and suggest changes prior to a public hearing. A hearing notice will be published in The Oregonian and will also be posted on this website.

A complete draft of the proposed rules, including strikethrough showing proposed changes, will be posted no later than November 1, 2017.

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 that assigns haulers to specific territories with the City setting the service options. Current Residential Administrative Rules

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

Proposed Rules Changes

Besides language clean-up, correction of errors or clarifying existing rules or expectations, the following concepts are among the proposed changes:

Commercial and Residential Administrative Rule Amendments

  • Clean Fleet Implementation. Outline expectations and establish fee schedule. Create a clear guideline for use of non-compliant back-up trucks.
  • Truck Safety. Identify ways to make service delivery safer. Adopt higher standards for truck safety. Implement a pilot project to install and gain experience with side guards, protective equipment that blocks the side gaps between front and rear wheels on garbage and recycling trucks to prevent fatalities when side impacts occur with pedestrians and cyclists. Use that experience to guide future truck safety standards. Also, require annual safety training for all drivers and mechanics.

Review the proposed changes for the Commercial Administrative Rules.

Review the proposed changes for the Residential Administrative Rules.

Public Hearing Meeting

Interested parties can review the rules and suggest changes. Submit comments in advance or at the public hearings. To review proposed rule changes, visit our website after November 1,

Submit Comments in person at public hearing: Dec. 11, 2017, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., City of Portland, BPS, 1900 SW 4th Ave., 7th Floor, Room 7A.

Submit Comments via email or letter: To make comments to rule proposals, send them in writing by 4 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2017. Email: United States Postal Service or hand delivery: Solid Waste and Recycling Rules Review, 1900 SW 4thAve., Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing equal access to information and hearings. If you need special accommodation, please call 503-823-7202, the City’s TTY at 503-823-6868, or the Oregon relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.