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Early garbage pickup on hot days

On very hot days, waste collection may start earlier than usual for the safety of collection drivers. Residential customers should set garbage, recycling, and compost bins out at the curb the night before.

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BPS’s long-time leader of Master Recycler program says goodbye

Lauren Norris leaves as the robust program moves to Metro; continues her legacy of outreach, education and inclusion.

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New residential garbage rates and collection schedules

Effective July 1, 2022 new residential garbage collection rates will take effect. New residential garbage collection schedules were mailed in June, as part of the Portland Curbsider publication.

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Garbage service delays due to snow and ice

In case of snow or ice, leave garbage, recycling, and compost carts at the curb. They will be emptied as soon as it is safe to do so.

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COVID-19 updates related to Garbage, Recycling and Compost service

Updates on how COVID-19 is impacting Portland's garbage, recycling and compost collection service.

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Boxes, bubble wrap and more: What’s recyclable?

Find out which types of packaging can be recycled, which go in the trash, and how to avoid overflowing bins.

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Holiday garbage and recycling tips

How to set out your holiday tree, tips for sorting common holiday waste, how to set out extra trash, and what to do in case of snow and ice.

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Happy 10-year Compost-iversary, Portlanders!

In 2011, Portland’s curbside compost program expanded from just yard waste to include food scraps.

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The Master Recycler Program celebrates 30 years

The Portland Metro area Master Recycler Program began in 1991 and has trained over 2,000 volunteers.

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Significant recycling bill passes, putting Oregon at the forefront of recycling innovation once again

SB582, the Recycling Modernization Act, passes; retiring BPS employee Bruce Walker served on the Recycling Steering Committee for the bill.

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Early garbage pickup on Friday, July 30 during extreme heat

Set bins out at the curb the night before; collection will start earlier than normal.

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June 25 - 29, 2021: Early garbage pickup during extreme heat

Portland residential garbage, recycling, and compost bins will be picked up earlier than usual for the health and safety of waste collection drivers. Residents should place bins on the curb the night before to avoid missing a pickup.

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Keep it fresh: Stretch your food dollars with these storage tips

Learn how to keep food from going bad by making the most of your freezer and understanding where in your fridge and cupboard food will last the longest.

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Autumn compost tips

Fallen leaves and rotting jack-o-lanterns belong in the green bin.

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Recycling doesn’t have to be a nightmare!

Be a fearless recycler

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Garbage Service Delays Due To Hazardous Air Quality - 9/14/2020 - 9/18/2020

Leave your garbage, recycling and compost carts out and they will be picked up as soon as it is safe to do so.

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Garbage Service Postponed Due To Hazardous Air Quality - 9/14/2020

If Monday is your regular pickup day, leave your carts out and they will be picked up as soon as it is safe to do so.

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Recycle or not? Face masks, wipes, and more

Disposable face masks, gloves, and wipes should all go in the garbage. But cardboard boxes and some types of empty plastic containers can be recycled.

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Spring cleaning tips during COVID-19

If spending more time at home makes you want to clean out your closet, your kitchen, or your whole home, we’re here to help. Portland offers terrific options to donate and recycle items. However, due to health and safety measures, some donation and disposal options are more limited than usual.

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