Portland residents can participate in the over 40 Community Collection Events scheduled in the spring. Materials accepted at collection events vary, however your local neighborhood association or community group may offer a combination of bulky waste collection, an onsite reuse section and a litter pickup activity.
For a reasonable donation or fee, you can bring bulky items like furniture, mattresses and appliances, along with items for recycling and reuse like scrap metal and household goods.
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; commercial landscaping; roofing; waste and recyclables collected at curbside; and waste not allowed at a regional transfer station.
Read more about asbestos-containing materials at the Metro transfer stations.
Need to find contact information for your neighborhood association?
Contact the Office of Neighborhood Involvement or call 503-823-4519.
Have bulky items at other times of the year?
Your garbage and recycling company can remove large items that are not reusable or recyclable for an extra charge. Here are some tips:
- 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.