Reduce, Reuse, Redefine

Metro needs more garbage. So it’s aiming to tax some of Portland’s recycling.

News Stories
On one of the grittiest patches of industrial Northwest Portland, Terrell Garrett handles the kind of recycling you won’t see at Burgerville or in an episode of Portlandia. More than 100 trucks ru   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Seeking Redemption

Neighbors of a proposed West Burnside site for bottle and can returns pop their tops.

News Stories
Every day, Rob Wolters sees a lot of the raw city life outside his condo at West Burnside Street and Southwest 18th Avenue that he says makes it interesting to live downtown: homeless people sleep   More
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 SAMI EDGE

Dr. Know: Glass Colored Glasses

Why doesn’t it matter anymore that all the glass to be recycled is mixed?

Dr. Know
We used to have to separate our glass by color for recycling. Now it all goes in one bin and gets smashed together, so sorting post-pickup seems impossible. Why doesn’t it matter anymore that    More
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 MARTY SMITH

The Muck, Raked

What really happens to the food scraps you leave out on the curb.

Cover Story
Stacy Jones rolls a green composting cart up to the Cloudburst Recycling truck he’s parked at Southeast 21st Avenue and Pine Street.  Jones latches the metal bar on the front of the bi   More
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Dr. Know: Faithless Recyclers

How well do Portlanders sort their trash?

Dr. Know
Now that our trash is picked up biweekly, I find myself tempted to toss questionable items into the recycling bin, even though they don’t belong there. Of course, I’d never actually do this—   More
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Foam for the Holidays

Any way to get rid of all that Christmas-morning packaging?

Dr. Know
So far, biweekly trash pick-up is working for me. But the holidays are coming, and I’m pretty sure the Styrofoam from an Xbox would fill my whole trash bin. Is there any way to get rid of all th   More
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Metro Oil Obfuscation

Dr. Know
Metro accepts used oil for curbside recycling, but they insist that it be in a transparent container, which rules out any motor oil bottle I’ve ever seen. Why can’t we recycle used motor oil in    More
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Kicked To The Curb

Why green Portland doesn’t recycle food waste citywide yet.

City Hall
A pilot program in Portland to collect food waste separately from residential garbage won’t expand to include the entire city this spring as expected. Two new Portland garbage transfer facilities   More
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 BETH SLOVIC


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