Portland’s Garbage and Recycling System

Portland has an interesting approach:

Residential Garbage and Recycling System

Residential garbage and recycling service in Portland is provided by franchised garbage and recycling companies, each of which is assigned specific service areas. Rates for residential service are set by the City of Portland.

Commercial Garbage and Recycling System

Commercial garbage and recycling service operates in an open market. Businesses (including multifamily residences of more than 5 units) choose any permitted garbage and recycling company and negotiate a price. View list of permitted garbage and recycling companies. Individuals must obtain a permit prior to providing garbae and recycling service in the City of Portland.  For information on obtaining a permit, please contact Debbie Yost at 503 823-7631 or email wasteinfo@portlandoregon.gov

Permitted Commercial Companies:

All permitted commercial garbage and recycling companies provide recycling. In addition, Independent Recyclers specialize in various recyclables. Any person collecting commercial garbage within the Portland Urban Services Boundary must obtain a commercial waste collection permit from the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. Collecting without a valid permit, or when a permit has been suspended is an Infraction subject to an assessment.

Independent commercial recyclers

Any person collecting commercial garbage within the Portland Urban Services Boundary must obtain a commercial waste collection permit from the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. Collecting without a valid permit, or when a permit has been suspended is an Infraction.

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