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  • Food waste stops with me

    We help  businesses, restaurants, schools and grocery stores reduce food waste by working with donation agencies and turning food scraps into renewable energy. 


    • Reduce garbage collection bills.
    • Extend the life of landfills.
    • Create energy (biogas) with food waste.
    • Make food waste reusable; turn food scraps into nutrient-rich soil.

    How it works 

    • City staff help schools and businesses set up programs.
    • Free internal collection containers, signs and training provided.
    • Order a compost bin from your garbage hauler. *See rates below.
    • Each week food scraps are hauled at a cost lower than traditional hauler rates.
    • The food waste is broken down into biogas, creating electricity.
    • The byproduct of biogas production is compost, used by regional farmers.


    Contact us

    Plate to Power staff are available to explain the program and evaluate the potential operational and financial impacts at your school or business. Call Gregg Hayward at 503-618-2206.

    Plate to Power compost rates 

    Rates for commercial food scrap recycling service

    • Many businesses find the reduction of garbage results in monthly bill savings.
    • This service is available once per week and your hauler will provide the container. 
  • Donation is best, compost the rest 

    • Combine recycling, Plate to Power and food donation to save the most money on your garbage service. 
    • Local food pantries will pick up your food and provide containers.
    • Donating food helps prevent waste, provides much-needed assistance to food insecure households, and may be tax deductible.
  • Plate to Power partners 

  • Automotive

    American Honda

    Grocery/Food Sales/Retail
    • Albertsons
    • Albertsons Distribution Center
    • Fred Meyer – Gresham
    • Fred Meyer – Wood Village
    • Gresham Farmer’s Market
    • Grocery Outlet
    • Oregon Flea Market
    • Safeway – Powell
    • Safeway – Division
    • Walmart – East Gresham
    • Walmart – West Gresham
    • Walmart – Wood Village 
    • Albertina Kerr
    • Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center 

    Meals on Wheels 

    Public Service
    • City of Gresham Operations
    • Mt. Hood Community College (Early Childhood Education)
    • Rockwood Library

    Restaurant/ Hospitality
    • Abby’s Legendary Pizza
    • Black Bear Diner
    • Core Coffee
    • Café Delirium
    • Chang’s Mongolian Grill
    • Chipotle
    • El Brasero, Inc.
    • Elmer’s Burnside
    • Elmer’s 181st
    • Hoppy Brewer
    • La Carreta
    • Local Cow
    • La Tortilleria y Tienda De Leon
    • La Tapatia
    • McMenamin’s Highland Pub
    • Mojave Grill and Cantina
    • Mt. Hood Lanes
    • Panda Express
    • Panera Bread
    • Sushiville
    • Starbucks, 1744 NE Burnside
    • Starbucks, 2233 NE Burnside
    • Starbucks, Gresham Station
    • Taqueria Rico Taco
    • Uly’s Taco Shack 
    • Barlow High School
    • Butler Creek Elementary
    • Centennial Park
    • Dexter McCarthy
    • East Gresham Elementary
    • East Orient Elementary
    • Gresham High
    • Gordon Russell Middle School
    • Hall Elementary
    • Highland Elementary
    • Hollydale Elementary
    • Hogan Cedars Elementary
    • Kelly Creek Elementary
    • Meadows Elementary
    • North Gresham Elementary
    • Powell Valley Elementary
    • Springwater Trail High School
    • West Gresham Elementary
    • West Orient Middle School