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The City of Portland, Oregon

Sustainability at Work

Providing free tools and expertise to achieve your goals

Phone: 503-823-7037


Materials and Waste

Within the United States, 42% of all greenhouse gas emissions come from the stuff that we buy and the food that we grow. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the lifecycle of products as they move through your workplace – from the choices you make in your organization’s use of materials to how you dispose of them once you’re done.

Recycling Boxes, Posters and Stickers

Sustainability at Work offers free recycling boxes to place at work stations and in common areas for collecting recyclable materials. Label your collection areas with free, full-color posters and stickers – available in six languages.

Find a Recycler

From packing peanuts to propane tanks, get sustainable solutions for unwanted materials using Metro’s recycler directory. Or call 503-234-3000

DIY Waste Sort Kit

Is your garbage filled with recyclable or compostable materials? Find out with Sustainability at Work’s DIY guide (PDF).

How to Compost

Sustainability at Work provides a helpful guide for starting a composting program at your workplace.

How to Recycle

Workplace recycling reduces waste, saves natural resources, prevents pollution and helps to build a stronger economy. Sustainability at Work provides a helpful guide for starting or improving your workplace recycling program.

Reusable vs. Disposable

While disposable items offer convenience, reusable items are often the better environmental choice and, over the long run, can cost less. Learn where and how to make reusables work. If one-time-use is the only option, find out more about the environmental impacts of different products.

E-Cycles Program

E-Cycles is a free, easy and environmentally responsible recycling program for computers, monitors and TVs. The program is financed by electronics manufacturers and jointly implemented with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Or call 888-5-ECYCLE

Guide to Hazardous Waste

Wondering what to do with those old paint cans, motor oil and solvents? Metro shows you what materials are hazardous and where and how to safely dispose of them. 

Green Cleaning

Sustainability at Work shows you how to identify green cleaning products and how your business can start using them.