Heatwave Changes Garbage Collection Times

News from the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability:

Safety Alert: Portland’s heat wave means garbage, recycling and composting collection will happen earlier in the day

The City of Portland asks residential customers to set out carts the night before collection day.

This week’s extreme heat could expose drivers from Portland’s garbage and recycling companies to potential health risks. Therefore, collection companies will get an early start on their daily collection runs, starting Wednesday, August 2 through Friday, August 4, 2017.

The City asks that residential customers set out their garbage, recycling and composting roll carts the night before their collection day, as trucks may be out earlier than the usual 6 a.m. start time.

“We are asking our residential customers to help keep our drivers safe by placing carts at the curb the night before,” said Steve Wolfe, district manager for Waste Management-Portland. “Our drivers work 10- to 11-hour days. Allowing drivers to start collection early will get them off the streets earlier will reduce the potential for heat-related illnesses.”
Residential customers should contact their garbage and recycling company or the City of Portland’s Curbside Hotline, 503-823-7202, with any questions or concerns.

Independence Day Parade!

Back by popular demand, we are having our unofficial Independence Day Parade!  Join us this July 4th for a fun, low-key event.  Special thanks to community members Xeandra and Dunja for pulling this event together.  Want to see a bigger event next year?  Contact us and help with the 2018 planning!

Green Thumb Community Orchard Work & Learn

July Topic: Irrigation, Water Management, & Fruit Monitoring
When: Saturday June 24th, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Where: Green Thumb Community Orchard is located at SE 57th & SE Cooper St. Map it!

Get outside, meet new people, learn about holistic urban agriculture, and care for a public space that provides fruit for the community, including people who are experiencing barriers to acquiring fresh produce. No registration necessary, just show up and get ready to enjoy the orchard. Projects for the day may include learning about irrigation, weeding and mulching.

Please bring:

  • water
  • appropriate clothes for the weather and working outside
  • closed-toe shoes
  • pen & notebook for learning session (optional)
  • gloves (optional)
  • your personal pruning tools (optional)

NOTE: If you bring any of your own tools or supplies make sure to mark them as your own so they don’t get mixed up with the others!

We’d love it if you came out to share a beautiful day in the orchard with us!  For more information, contact Kelly at Green Thumb Community Orchard.

Crime Prevention Resources from ONI

We were joined at our June meeting by Marianna Lomanto of the Office of Neighborhood Involvement.  Marianna discussed a variety of topics, including crime prevention, emergency preparedness, and block parties in conjunction with National Night Out.  Here are links to some great resources available from the Office of Neighborhood Involvement.

Interested in throwing a block party for National Night Out?  It’s easy!  Just visit ONI’s National Night Out page for details on how to get started.  Got a question that wasn’t answered on their site?  Email them directly!

Crime Prevention Resources:
· Crime prevention techniques (also available in Spanish, Russian, and Vietnamese)
· How to Start a Neighborhood Watch
· How to Start a Community Foot Patrol
· Accessing Crime Prevention Services in Spanish

Additionally, Portland Police Bureau has a tool that allows residents to review reported crimes by neighborhood and citywide. You can access the site here.   Did you know, you can file a police report with PPB for a crime that has already occurred and there’s no suspect information?  Just call the Non-Emergency number at 503-823-3333. You can also report certain crimes that meet the criteria for online reporting here.