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A woman in an office puts cardboard into a recycling bin. A restaurant staff member puts a bag of food scraps into a compost bin.
Find out how to set up garbage, recycling, and compost at your business; what’s required by the City; and how to make it easy for staff to recycle, compost, and reduce waste.

Businesses

Whether you’re a business owner or operations manager, or a building or property manager, the following information will help you set up waste services that work well, are good for the environment, and may save you money:

Employees

If you work in an office, restaurant, shop or other business in Portland, you should be able to recycle paper, plastic, and metal, and glass. Waste containers should be well-labeled and not overflowing. Recycling should be as convenient as garbage.

Here’s where to find information about garbage and recycling: 

What can be recycled: See a list of what items are, and aren’t, allowed in Portland recycling and garbage bins. Have an item that’s not on the list? Look it up on Find A Recycler or call 503-234-3000.

Large, bulky waste: Ask your building manager where to put large items that don’t fit in the garbage bin. If the item is in good condition, call 503-234-3000 for donation options. 

TVs, electronics, and hazardous waste: These items cannot go in the garbage. Ask your property manager or look up your item on Find A Recycler or call 503-234-3000 for disposal or donation options. 

Compost: If you want to compost food waste, review our guides for composting at food service businesses and offices, and then ask your Property Manager about adding this service. 

Problems? Contact your property manager if you do not have recycling or if the building’s waste containers are not well-labeled or are overflowing. If these problems continue, contact us