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Impacts to City Services

Find information about city services during this Emergency Declaration for Work Stoppage

About garbage and recycling in Portland

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Learn about Portland's garbage and recycling system, including its history, key policies, and what happens to your recycling and compost after it leaves your home or business.

What happens to your recycling

Ever wondered what happens to your recyclables after they're picked up from your home or workplace? Follow their path from your blue bin to becoming new products.

Learn where recycling goes

What happens to your food and yard waste

Did you know that Portland's home and business compost programs are different? The yard waste and food scraps residents put in their green bins become nutrient-rich compost. The food scraps businesses put in their green bins are converted into energy that powers buildings and fuels vehicles.

Learn where food & yard waste go

The history of Portland's garbage and recycling system

Learn about key policies, programs, and plans that shaped how the City of Portland manages and reduces waste, from the 1950s to the present.

Read the history