City of Portland Kits


Location: 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland. Park in 15 minute loading dock. Kits are staged in Will Call room, down hall to the left of 7th floor reception.


Be Cart Smart: Each Cart Plays a Part


Key messages: Curbside collection service in Portland includes weekly recycling, weekly compost (yard debris and food scraps), and every-other-week garbage. Include the food: collect all food, including meat, bones, dairy and grains, in your kitchen collection container and empty it frequently into the green roll cart. Keep glass on the side. Recycle or Not campaign: Plastic bags and plastic wrap cannot be recycled at home. Throw them in the trash.


Materials included: Be Cart Smart floor banner; food scrap kitchen container; table cloth; clicker; pens.

Optional: Be Cart Smart Game: Whiteboard with images of containers; magnetic game piece to sort into four containers; metal easel.

Optional: Master Recycler banner. 

Optional: Yes/No kit: Box of real examples of materials that can be used to discuss what goes in garbage and recycling (compost options not available because they rot, but you could bring some).


Optional: Four brightly colored View-Masters with slides about Waste Prevention, Food Waste Prevention, Toxics, and Backyard Composting.

Literature: Curbside collection guide (in 11 languages); multifamily guide; reusable bag window clings; Oregon E-Cycles card; Metro magnets; Master Recycler postcards; Recycle or Not materials;

Contact: Alicia Polacok, 503-823-7107,



Resourceful PDX 


Key messages: Ideas for making simple changes in everyday choices. Save More, Live More. Share tips and resources so people can 1) Buy smart, 2) Reuse, 3) Borrow & Share and 4) Fix & Maintain. These actions can help save money, support the community, conserve natural resources and leave people with more time to enjoy with friends and family. Life transitions like moving and a growing family, are good times to seek alternatives for reducing waste.


Materials included: Be Resourceful floor banner; interactive map display with a focus on four categories to show where people can go for resources, plus color coded pieces and dry erase pens; clicker; pens.

Optional: Resourceful PDX game. Each of the objects in this game has one match that is related to the four categories. They might be related because one is better than the other. They might be related because one is a tool that can be used so that you can Buy Smart, Reuse, Share or Repair the other item. If you don’t live in Portland, you can still check the kit out without the literature which is focused on Portland resources.

Literature: Resourceful PDX card; Resourceful PDX map; Home Improvement brochure; reusable bag window clings, Metro magnets; Master Recycler postcards;

Contact: Alicia Polacok, 503-823-7107,


Eat Smart Waste Less: Climate Action Now (CAN)

Key Messages: Eat Smart Waste Less (ESWL) – formerly CAN/Climate Action Now: Save Your Food – focuses on three waste prevention strategies: 1. meal planning and shopping lists to buy only what is needed, 2. proper storage to keep food fresh and tasty, 3. and ways to make sure food at home is eaten before going to waste. Families can also take the Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge. The first step is to pledge to practice the simple step of smart storage by keeping your fruits and vegetables fresh. .

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Includes: Food storage magnetic game board and game pieces with hints/tips on the back; A-Z Food Storage Guide (as reference for Master Recyclers tabling, not for hand out); seeds as giveaways.

Literature: Food storage tips/climate information handout; shopping list notepad; pledge sheets; food storage magnets; “Eat This First” sticker; date/eat-by stickers; shopping list pads; kids activity book “An Apple Isn’t Just an Apple”

Contact: Wing Grabowski, 503-823-4309,


Multifamily Waste Reduction

Key messages: Multifamily collection service in Portland includes garbage and recycling; no plastic bags and glass on the side. Because yard debris and food scrap service are offered at the discretion of the property manager, a visual assessment of the collection area(s) is part of any presentation to multifamily communities.

Please note: multifamily is five or more units on a tax lot. This includes apartments, condos, dorms, moorages, retirement communities, and others. 

Kit includes: “Yes/No” bag of various sample items to be sorted; bucket with literature, collection area assessment form and suggested presentation tips.

Suggested lit: 
Property Managers: Successful Garbage and Recycling Overview; Keeping Residents Informed; Composting Food Scraps and Service Setup. Durable Signs for Recycling, Garbage and Composting
Residents: Guide to Recycling and Garbage; Composting; Magnet and Door Hanger Card.
Other Resources: Metro magnets, Green Cleaner handbook, medical waste guide, junk mail reduction, etc.


Contact the Multifamily Program to pick up the kit. If unfamiliar with multifamily materials or audit form, also set up a time for a quick check-in.

Contact: 503-823-7224,



Key messages: Backyard composting and worm bins help your garden and houseplants grow. Backyard composting is easy. Food that breaks down in the landfill produces methane which is a potent greenhouse gas. (Note: this kit does not include a wormbin. You can bring your own to embellish on the kit).

Includes: Miniature model compost bin; tablecloth with worms; colorful magnifying glasses; and signage on composting and worm bins. Must supply your own worm bin.

Literature: It’s Easy to Make Your Own Compost; Natural Garden magnet and Guide; basic compost bin construction flyer; basic worm bin construction flyer; and Worm Bin Basics. (Note: all of these are Metro publications.)

Contact: Alicia Polacok, 503-823-7107,


Greener Cleaner

Key messages: Keep your family safe, simplify how you clean. Read warning labels. Dispose of toxics and needles properly.

Includes: Tabletop display, basket with basic “greener cleaner kit” (with sign: all you need to clean your house), signs for problem cleaners and their alternatives. Mr. Yuck stickers and dangerous cleaner bottles.

Literature: Greener Cleaner recipe book; Household Hazardous Handbook; Take on Toxics (TOTS); 10 easy steps to reduce toxics; schedule for Metro’s community household hazardous material collection events; what to do with needles; and Metro magnets. Stickers with recipes for making your own cleaners. Materials available in Spanish and English.

Contact: Wing Grabowski, 503-823-4309,




Looking for a new way to spice up your table display? Lizzy Oedell (Class 53), who works at Image3D, spent some of her payback time making new ViewMasters using slides and messages from the latest class. There are four topic areas: Waste Prevention, Food Waste Prevention, Toxics, and Backyard Composting.

Contact: Alicia Polacok, 503-823-7107,


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Master Recycler Display Board

Help promote the Master Recycler Program by including this display in your kit. Available with any Portland kit. 



  • Folding canopy

  • Folding table

  • Folding chairs

  • Table clothes

  • Brochure stands