Public Services

Duties of the Department
The Department of Public Services helps keep the City of Portland moving each day with many areas of responsibility. We collect your garbage and recycling, clear your streets of ice and snow in the winter, help maintain the city's sewer system, build your sidewalks, manage the city's traffic lights and street signage, permits for public parks and spaces, and the list goes on.
  1. Citizens Urged to Take Online Open Space Survey - Help Shape Portland!

    This fall, the City of Portland and its partners launched an open space planning process. With help from Portland Trails and The Trust for Public Land, the City is engaging residents in developing a shared vision for Portland's open spaces. Read on...
  2. City Reminds Residents of Winter Storm Operations Information

    As the City of Portland prepares for its first snow storm of the season, the City would like to remind residents of winter storm operations information. Public Services crews are gearing up to work on Wednesday and Thursday to keep streets clear... Read on...
  3. Recycling & Trash must be curbside by 6:30 a.m. on your collection day.

    City crews collect curbside Recycling & Trash every weekday beginning at 6:30 a.m. Material set out later than 6:30 a.m. may result in a missed collection. Read on...
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