Find current Portland residential garbage, recycling and compost collection rates, as well as information about how the City sets these rates.
Standard service rates
Your monthly waste collection charge is based on the size of your garbage container. Call your garbage company to change the size of your container. Note: Some homes on the westside of Portland fall into the Westside Terrain rates area.
|Cart size||Weight limit||Pickup frequency||Monthly cost|
|20-gal roll cart||60 lbs||Every other week||$27.55|
|35-gal roll cart||85 lbs||Every other week*||$32.15*|
|60-gal roll cart||135 lbs||Every other week||$37.35|
|90-gal roll cart||175 lbs||Every other week||$42.60|
Recycling and compost
Weekly collection of recycling (paper, metal, and plastic in the blue 60-gallon roll cart), compost (food and yard debris in the green 60-gallon roll cart), and glass recycling (the yellow bin) is included in the price of garbage service.
If you rent a house or apartment, ask your property manager before setting out extra items.
|Type of service||Instructions||Cost|
|Extra garbage (bag or can)||Max 32 gal and 55 lbs; set out on your garbage day;||$5.00|
|Extra yard debris (paper bag, bundle, or can)||Max 32 gal and 45 lbs; set next to green cart||$3.75|
|Holiday tree||Max 6 feet tall; set on curb or next to green cart||$5.00|
|Large, bulky items not fitting in cart||Call your garbage company before setting out at curb||Set by company|
Rates for all available services
Find rates for all available garbage, recycling and compost services, including on-call service, smallplexes (2-4 residential units), special requests and Westside Terrain charges.
How rates are set
Every year the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability conducts a rate review to establish fair and equitable rates for franchised garbage and recycling companies to charge the public for residential collection services. These services include collection of garbage, recycling and compost.
The rate review includes analysis by an economist and an independent CPA. A range of impacts are evaluated to determine the cost of providing service— including labor, equipment and fuel costs, the average weight of garbage in each can size, disposal charges for solid waste and compostables and the market value of recyclables (revenues which partially offset costs). These factors are summarized in the annual Rate Study. See the latest study:
The proposed rates are then reviewed by the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC). The PSC includes 11 volunteer members with expertise in a range of areas. Their major role is to advise City Council on Portland’s long-range goals, policies and programs for land use, planning and sustainability. Following their review, the rates are forwarded to City Council who has final determination on rates charged to customers.