Editor: As the area’s representative on the Metro Council, I want to let your readers know about some upcoming opportunities for Northeast Portlanders. Several neighborhood associations and nonprofit groups are hosting cleanup events in the coming weeks to make it easier for folks to get rid of bulky waste and items that aren’t recycled at the curb. Metro is pleased to support these affordable and convenient spring cleaning options for local residents; I encourage you to use them if you can.
Covering the disposal costs for these cleanup events is one of the ways Metro carries out its responsibility for managing the region’s garbage and recycling system. Thanks to the thousands of volunteers who contribute their time and energy, these events help spruce up the appearance and improve the safety of our neighborhoods. Keeping our neighborhoods clean protects the value of public and private property and reduces health hazards for our families. Some materials are not accepted at these events: hazardous waste; construction, remodeling and demolition debris; household garbage; and waste not accepted at transfer stations. Check with your neighborhood association about materials they’ll take. Find out how and where to recycle or safely dispose of hazardous waste and how to prep your load to save money and time. Ask Metro at 503-234-3000 or oregonmetro.gov/findarecycler.
Northeast Portland is a great place to live, work and play. Thanks for helping to keep it that way. I look forward to seeing you in the neighborhood.
Sincerely, Sam Chase,
Metro councilor, District Five
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