A Compost & Recycling Update

Green bins = Food waste only

As of March 1st, Metro, the regional government for the Portland Metropolitan area, has changed the composting system for businesses in our region. Green bins are now for food waste only. These changes do NOT affect your residential compost/yard waste program. 

Why the changes?

Commercial compost is now being processed in a methane digester where food scraps are being transformed into methane for electricity and soil amendments for farms. The methane digester can only handle food scraps. 

What does this mean for us?

Our green bins are now for collecting food waste ONLY (tea bags, coffee filters and compostable bags are still accepted). This means no more compostable cups, containers, utensils, or paper towels. These items now go in the trash.

Thanks for adapting with us as we go through these changes.