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Spring cleaning for the Earth | Climate Action Now | Your Stuff - April 9, 2013
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Mom and toddler carrying itemsSpring brings the start of event season in Portland. There are many community events that kick off for Earth Day (or Month!), including the 2013 World Environment Day. The United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office of North America selected the City of Portland to host this year’s World Environment Day on June 5, 2013. The celebration begins on Earth Day (April 22). There are many ways residents can build community with each other by attending local events.

Spring also brings neighborhood cleanup events that incorporate recycling and onsite reuse options, allowing neighbors to take, swap or buy items immediately. 

There are over 50 neighborhood cleanup events 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.

Two of the largest swapping events in Portland are Trash to Treasure in North Portland, hosted as part of the St Johns neighborhood cleanup, and the Sunnyside weekend swap event, included as part of that SE Portland neighborhood’s cleanup. Trash to Treasure will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013, 9 AM – 3 PM. The Sunnyside neighborhood swap will be held the weekend of April 19 – 21, 2013.

The seven neighborhood coalitions have listings of the scheduled cleanup events by neighborhood association.

Find contact information for your neighborhood association from the Office of Neighborhood Involvement or call 503-823-4519.

Metro offers resources for planning a community cleanup event.

Contact the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability at 503-823-7202 for possible cleanup dates, locations, costs and accepted materials.

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