Recycling Programs

  • Eat Smart Waste Less - Food Waste Prevention

    The Eat Smart Waste Less Challenge is an opportunity to reduce food waste at home. Learn how you can waste less food and save money.

    Take the Eat Smart Waste Less challenge.

    Plate to Power - Commercial Compost

    Plate to Power helps businesses, restaurants, schools and grocery stores transform food scraps into renewable energy. City staff will help you set up your program so you can start decreasing your garbage bill and reducing the amount of food scraps that go into landfills.

    Learn more about Plate to Power.

    Prescription Drug Disposal

    Proper recycling and disposal of medications, needles and personal care products:

    • Protects the environment.
    • Minimizes drug abuse.
    • Protects those handling garbage.

    Gresham citizens can anonymously dispose of unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs by dropping the drugs in the slotted door. Read more about free presciption drug disposal.

    7:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Monday through Friday
    Gresham Police Department
    1333 NW Eastman Parkway

    Dispose of medical waste or needles 

    Resources for disposing medical waste, needles, and household personal care items:

    Recycling at Events

    Recycling containers available

    The City loans out ClearStream recycling containers for collecting plastic bottles and aluminum cans at events in Gresham (available on a first-come, first-serve basis). These containers come with a clear bag so your staff and volunteers can easily see the contents when bags are full and assure they are being used properly.

    We can also assist in container set-up and locating recycling drop-off centers.

    For questions or additional information, contact the Recycling and Solid Waste Division at 503-618-2518 or Recycle@GreshamOregon.gov.

    Tips for recycling at events

    • Place recycling, composting and trash receptacles together.
    • Recycling stations should be highly visible (e.g., a flag on a tall pole, balloons, signs, etc.) and in convenient locations.
    • Limit the number of recycling/waste stations to allow for easy monitoring. Place larger stations in areas where high volumes of waste will be generated.
    • Staff all recycling stations at all times. If this is not possible, assign someone to check each area periodically.
    • Communicate with event vendors prior to the event about using recyclable and reusable products.

    Recycling at events guide

    Repair Cafe

    Get your broken items repaired for free instead of sending items to the dump.

    The City and Coalition of Gresham Neighborhood Associations sponsor a Gresham Repair Café three times a year, bringing people with repair skills together to help neighbors fix their broken items.

     Types of items repaired 

    • Broken bicycles, chains and tires
    • Torn clothing, missing buttons and other fabric repairs
    • Broken clocks, fans and small kitchen appliances
    • Electronics (calculators, Gameboys, remote controls, desktop and laptop computers)

    Please note: Televisions, microwaves and small engines are not repairable at this event.

    What to expect

    • Bring anything that may be needed to repair your item; Parts, buttons, matching thread, power cords, batteries, connecting cables, remote controls, instructions manuals, etc.
    • We try to help everyone who brings an item. If participants bring multiple items (allowed), we can only work on one item at a time and may not be able to fix more than one item per person. 
    • Our volunteer fixers will do their best to repair your item, but some repairs may be too complicated or require resources that aren't available at the event.
    • The event is free. There may be a wait depending on the number of repairs. 

    More information

    Gresham Repair Cafe website

    Regional Repair Cafe website 

    For more information contact us at repaircafegresham@gmail.com or 503-618-2694.

    School Grants

    Recycling supports resource conservation in schools by providing seed money for environmental projects through start-up grants. These projects increase awareness among educators, students, their families and the community.

    Grant applications accepted October through November. 

    Read more about the school incentives program