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Recycling Programs

  • Compost Food Scraps

    The City has a free community compost cart for residents who want to drop off food scraps. Composting food scraps reduces waste and helps our environment.  

    Register today

    When you register, we will send you the access code for the compost cart  and food composting instructions.  


    Green Food Scraps Community Compost Cart  

    • 138 NE 3rd St. (map
    • Located near the Gresham Farmers’ Market shed in the City’s public parking lot.  

    What to compost

    • Food waste including meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, baked goods, pasta, rice, beans, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruit, peels, pits, bones, and coffee grounds.  
    • Accepted non-food items include paper coffee filters and paper tea bags.

    Do not compost 

    • Cooking oil or grease 
    • Disposable plates, utensils, cups or straws.  
    • Plastic bags and food packaging.
    • Yard debris. Use your yard debris bin for grass clippings, weeds, dead plants and pruned trees. 

    Handling food waste

    Keep food waste in a watertight container with a lid. Consider freezing food waste if you have room. This may make transporting food waste easier. 

    Need help?

    Contact us by emailing or call 503-618-2525 


    Eat Smart Waste Less - Food Waste Prevention

    Learn how simple actions like proper food storage and meal planning can help you reduce food waste and address climate change. Read more about Eat Smart Waste Less.

    Prescription Drug Disposal

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

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

    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 503-618-2525 or

    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 and Swap

    Get your broken items repaired for free by volunteer fixers in our community. 

    The City and Coalition of Gresham Neighborhood Associations, with Gresham Free Swaps, organize Gresham Repair Cafes to bring people with repair skills together to help neighbors fix their broken items. 

    Types of repair items

    • Torn clothing, missing buttons and other fabric repairs 
    • Broken lamps, fans, clocks, vacuums, small kitchen appliances  
    • Broken jewelry clasps, earring hooks (no fine jewelry)

    Please note: bikes, electronics, televisions, microwaves, small engines and sewing machines are not repairable at this event. 

    What to expect 

    • Try to bring anything that may be needed to repair your item; parts, buttons, matching thread, power cords, batteries, 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. 
    • There may be a wait depending on the number of repairs. 

    Follow Gresham Repair Cafe and Gresham Free Swaps on Facebook for future events.

    For more information, contact us at or 503-618-2525.