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Got extra garbage that won’t fit in your cart?

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Homeowners and renters have options for taking care of extra holiday garbage and bulky items.


After holiday entertaining and gift giving, you may find excess packaging and bulky items filling your garbage can. Here are some options:

  • Set out an extra garbage can or bag on your collection day for a $5 fee. Extra can must be 32 gallons or smaller and weigh 55 pounds or less.
  • Items that are too big for your garbage container (such as appliances or furniture) can be picked up for an extra charge. Find your garbage and recycling company and call them a week in advance for a cost estimate.
  • Renters: Talk to the landlord or property manager about setting out large or bulky items or extra garbage for collection. There is a fee for these services.
  • Apartment residents can alert the property manager to the need for an additional pickup if there is excess garbage and recycling.

Reminder: Contact Metro’s recycling hotline at 503-234-3000 to learn where to recycle items that cannot be left at the curb.

Recycling options abound for holiday related materials like spent batteries, strings of lights, electronics, Styrofoam™, packing peanuts, non-curbside plastics and other items not accepted in your blue Portland Recycles! roll cart.

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Have a question for our Curbside Hotline Operator?

Submit your question online or call 503-823-7202.