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, issue permits for public parks and spaces, and the list goes on.
  1. Urban Runoff 5K Race & Green Neighbor Family Festival

    The 5th Annual Urban Runoff 5K Race & Green Neighbor Family Festival are City-Sponsored events to help raise awareness of stormwater pollution and raise funds for clean water education in our schools. Read on...
  2. New Temporary Locations for Silver Bullet Recycling Containers

    The City’s Public Works department will be temporarily relocating the publicly accessible drop-off recycling containers currently located on Somerset Street to two new locations on Friday, January 15. Read on...
  3. Recycling Location on Somerset Street will CLOSE effective January 15, 2016

    Effective January 15, 2016, the Silver Bullet Roll-off Recycling Location will be Closed and relocated... Read on...
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