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Reminders for Portlanders when winter weather delays collection of garbage, recycling and composting

NEWS RELEASE from the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Christine Llobregat

Portland, ORE. — During severe winter weather conditions, the collection of garbage, recycling and compost may be postponed for Portland's single-family homes and smallplexes up to 4 units. Portland's franchised garbage and recycling companies will prioritize curbside collection in the following order: 1) garbage, 2) recycling, 3) compost.

When winter weather delays curbside collection, remember these tips:

  • If there's snow or ice accumulation on collection day, please leave roll carts at the curb—your carts will be emptied when it is safe to do so. Evening and Saturday collections may be necessary. Garbage and recycling companies will make every effort to empty roll carts before the customer's next scheduled collection day.
  • If recycling or compost collection must be delayed or postponed to the next scheduled collection day, twice the amount of the current subscribed service level will be collected on the next regularly scheduled collection day at no additional charge.
  • Please be aware that while your street may be clear, access to your neighborhood may not. After a severe weather event, drivers may need to deviate from their regular scheduled routes in order to make up snow day misses. This may affect your collection, too. Your garbage and recycling company appreciates your patience during this time.
  • No credits or refunds for missed collections due to inclement weather or issues beyond hauler control will be issued. Contact your garbage and recycling company (find their number on the side of the roll cart) to learn about possible collection delays.

Questions during severe weather conditions?

Call your garbage and recycling company first, or try the City of Portland Curbside Hotline at 503-823-7202.

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