Public Works

Duties of the Department

The Department of Public Works 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, and the list goes on.
  1. Reminder of Winter Snow Removal Rules & New Residential Sand and Salt Pile Location

    Important info: the residential salt and sand pile is now located at Payson Park next to the ball field. It has a tent over it. Residents can take two 5-gallon pails at a time. Please remember we all play a role in making sure sidewalks are safe. Read on...
  2. Change in Trash & Recycling Collection on Christmas and New Year’s Day

    Due to Christmas and the New Year holidays falling on Monday's collection route this year, residents receiving trash and recycling services on Monday will have their trash and recycling collected on the Saturday prior to each holiday. Read on...
  3. Madison, Walnut, Washington Sewer Separation Update

    The contractor is currently scheduled to start Dec. 4, 2017, and will be working within Washington Ave from 7am to 7pm. The roadway will remain open with two lanes of traffic. Motorists may experience traffic delays. Read on...
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