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, issue permits for public parks and spaces, and the list goes on.
  1. City Rolls Out New Purple Trash Bags Beginning July 5

    The City of Portland is getting ready to roll out new purple pay-as-you-throw trash bags, which will be available at local retailers beginning July 5th. The new trash bag rate will be $1.35 per 15 gallon bag or $2.70 per 30 gallon bag. Read on...
  2. Spring Street Improvement Work Begins Monday, July 6

    Starting Monday, July 6, 2015, the City will begin removing the Middle/Spring Street median (weather permitting.) Work will begin near the Nickelodeon Theater and progress in a southerly direction toward High Street. Read on...
  3. "The Stars & Stripes Spectacular" Set for July 4th

    Next week, July 4th Portland’s “The Stars and Stripes Spectacular”, will be held at the Eastern Promenade Park. This year the organizers have added the Grammy award winning artist Mellissa Manchester to the roster, and she will be performing with the PSO. Read on...
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