Garbage and recycling › Neighborhood cleanup
Make a difference in your neighborhood by planning a community cleanup event. Metro offers vouchers to nonprofits for the disposal of bulky waste and nonrecyclable materials.
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Metro's disposal voucher program supports community and natural area cleanups sponsored by neighborhood associations, local governments, public agencies and eligible nonprofit organizations. These projects enhance the appearance and safety of neighborhoods and contribute to the livability of the region. The vouchers cover the disposal costs of bulky waste and nonrecyclable materials that are collected during cleanup events.
Local governments also are eligible to participate in Metro's neighborhood cleanup matching grant program that pays for other items related to cleanup events, like dumpster rental fees, advertising, and gloves and supplies for volunteers.
In 2009 the Metro Council approved $100,000 in funding for the disposal voucher program and directed staff to clearly define the qualifying criteria for organizations and events; to continue to call for waste reduction, education and recycling at cleanup events; to improve program user accountability and administrative efficiency; and to increase outreach about the availability of the program.
To achieve these goals, some modifications to the program were implemented Jan. 1, 2010. Disposal vouchers may no longer be used for residential yard debris and curbside cleanup events are no longer eligible. Qualifying events must have a primary focus on community cleanup, and event organizers are now required to complete and return an event summary form within 30 days of the event.
Events that qualify for disposal vouchers include neighborhood or community cleanups, natural area cleanups and other events with a primary focus on waste reduction or recycling. Events should provide benefit to the public at large and cannot solely benefit one organization or that organization's membership.
Fill out the disposal voucher application below and fax or mail it to Aidan Gronauer at Metro. Apply for disposal vouchers well in advance of your event, and no later than 14 days prior. Include proof of nonprofit status if applicable. Contact your local hauler to inquire about rental or donation of dumpsters. Metro’s disposal vouchers pay only for disposal of the waste at a local transfer station (the "tipping fee").
Metro's Sustainability Center
Attn: Aidan Gronauer
600 NE Grand Ave
Portland, OR 97232
503-797-1651 | 503-797-1849 fax
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