Recycling requirements for rental houses

Garbage and recycling requirements for property owners, managers, and landlords of residential rentals including single-family homes, duplexes, triplexes, and fourplexes.


Owners of a residential rental of four or fewer units (single-family, duplex, triplex, fourplex) are required by City Code 29.30.140 to:

1. Pay for garbage, recycling, and compost collection service

You must set up and pay for service. Bills must be in your name and sent to you, not the tenants.

Your rental property has an assigned garbage and recycling company and rates and service options are set by the City. 

2. Provide adequate waste collection service

Waste containers cannot be overflowing. The following are minimum requirements, but your tenants may need a larger size or number of containers to meet their needs.

  • Garbage: At least one 20-gallon roll cart for a single-family house, 60-gallon roll cart for a duplex or triplex, and 90-gallon roll cart for a fourplex.
  • Recycling: At least one blue 60-gallon recycling roll cart for a single-family house or duplex and two blue roll carts for a triplex or fourplex.
  • Glass recycling: At least one yellow glass-only bin or rigid container with a “glass only” sticker.
  • Compost: At least one 60-gallon green compost roll cart for a single-family, duplex, triplex, or fourplex.

Find cart size options and collection costs. Contact your garbage company to make changes.

These requirements apply to any property that is occupied by someone besides the listed owner, including family members or friends, even if they are not paying rent.

City of Portland Title 29.30.140 neither requires nor prohibits landlords from recouping these costs from tenants. For landlord-tenant assistance contact Community Alliance of Tenants at 503-288-0130.

Help tenants recycle right

The City provides free recycling guides, signs, stickers, and garbage schedules for you to give your tenants.

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Property owners who fail to provide adequate service can be subject to enforcement actions, including fines.