Spring is (finally!) here which means it’s time to clear out the clutter from your home, basement or garage. There are nearly 50 neighborhood cleanups scheduled throughout Portland during the spring months. Volunteers from neighborhood associations coordinate these events and have been expanding the options for onsite reuse and recycling of materials.
Reusing items is even better for the climate than recycling because it saves energy (and therefore carbon emissions) from processing the materials into new goods. Of course, recycling is still far better than disposing of goods because of the embodied energy in the raw materials, so continue to recycle what you can’t reuse!
Last year, 28 neighborhood cleanup events incorporated onsite reuse options, allowing neighbors to take, swap or buy items immediately. Trash to Treasure in North Portland, hosted as part of the St Johns neighborhood cleanup, shows how one person’s waste becomes another person’s treasure.
Check out this video to learn about the 4th Annual Trash to Treasure event being held this year on April 28 at Red Sea Church, 7535 N Chicago Ave and N Leonard St. It is open to the public, free of charge and 100 percent volunteer run.
This is the largest community sharing event in Portland! The daylong event includes over 5,000 items being exchanged between families at no cost as well as workshops held all day about how to reduce your ecological footprint.
Learn more about cleaning up your neighborhood
Find your neighborhood and discover if your association is hosting a cleanup
Or call the Curbside Hotline at 503-823-7202 to learn if your neighborhood association is hosting a cleanup event this spring.