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The City of Portland, Oregon

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Phone: 503-823-7700

Curbside Hotline: 503-823-7202

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201

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Winter garbage and recycling tips


Snow or Ice

In case of bad weather, your pick-up may be delayed. Leave bins at the curb. Your garbage company will come as soon as they can.

Recycling, compost and garbage bins at the curb covered in snow

Holiday trees

After the holidays, remove all tree decorations before setting out for pick-up.

Remove trimmings from tree before setting out

You have two options for disposing of your holiday tree:

  1. Set out your whole tree (6-feet or shorter) for a $5 charge.
  2. Or cut your tree into pieces (3-feet or shorter), and place in your compost bin for no extra charge (make sure the lid closes). 

Set out whole tree or cut up and put in green bin

Note: Artificial trees and trees “flocked” with fake snow should be treated as garbage. Call your garbage company to see if there is a charge for pick-up.

Extra trash

Set out extra bags or cans (32 gal and 55 lbs max) for $5 each.

For large, bulky items that don’t fit into your garbage bin (like furniture or mattresses), call your garbage company for a cost estimate (prices vary). If the item is still in good condition, consider donating! Call 503-234-3000 to find out donation organizations, drop-off locations and pick-up options.

Extra trash set out, in bag or bin


If you rent a house or apartment, ask your property manager before setting out whole trees, extra garbage or bulky items.

Learn more

Read the full Winter 2019 Curbsider for more recycling tips and news.