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Portland, Oregon, USA

Portland, Oregon

Universal Recycling and Curbside Composting

Action(s) Taken

  • Composting policies
  • Recycling Policies



Year Enacted


Universal Recycling Summary

Multi-family properties are required to provide recycling services to tenants and collect common recyclable materials. Property owners must make recycling as convenient as trash and provide education to tenants once a year.

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Curbside Composting Overview

In 2011 Portland began providing weekly compost pick-up for all food scraps and yard waste, and shifted trash collection to a bi-weekly schedule. The service is available to single-family residents as well as small multiplexes with 2-4 units. Recycling is also picked up weekly.

The new program is expected to increase Portland’s residential recycling rate from 51% in 2010 to 70% in 2012. The city has longer-term goals of 75% recovery by 2015 and 90% by 2030. The new program was driven by Portland’s Climate Action Plan, which identified composting service and biweekly trash service as a key step in helping the city meet its carbon reduction goals.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) contracts with 18 franchised haulers to provide collection of compost, recycling, and trash from households.

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