Community Collection Events
City of Portland Community Collection Events (CCE) seek to provide low-income communities and communities of color with accessible disposal and recycling options for bulky items. CCE funding prioritizes initiatives that extend the life of usable goods and puts them in the hands of community members that need them. In funding community-based events, it is the goal of CCE to help communities build their capacity: Support community leaders, develop new partnerships, and grow ideas for new community-driven solutions.

Who can apply?
Any group of community members with an event or project taking place in the City of Portland District Coalition service area may apply for funding. Priority is given to low-income communities and communities of color. Other community groups that may apply include youth, school-based, faith-based organizations and neighborhood associations. Partnerships, collaborations, and creative relationship building projects are encouraged to share resources and build strong relationships.

What can the funds be used for?
Funds are available for expenses related to collection events, support of reuse, swap, or skill-share events and litter clean-ups.

Reimbursable expenses include:

  • Supplies, equipment, publicity, refreshments.

  • Mileage for materials drop-off.

  • Reuse partner organization fees.

  • Volunteer stipends.

  • Recycling non-curbside materials like scrap metal, electronics, Styrofoam.

  • Drop boxes for waste collection.

Community creativity encouraged! Many communities host clothing closets and swaps or offer a skill-share opportunity to repair usable goods for redistribution. If you don’t see your idea for an event or project on this list, contact coalition staff to discuss your idea.

Program restrictions
The following items are not eligible for CCE funding:

  • Giveaways such as t-shirts, hats, bags.

  • Direct mail and postage.

  • Equipment and supplies not pre-approved by your coalition representative.

  • Alcohol.

These materials are prohibited from collection at events. To the extent possible, include restricted items in promotional materials to ensure the community adheres to event guidelines. Prohibited items include:

  • Hazardous waste (batteries, paint, chemicals, CFLs).

  • Construction, demolition and remodeling debris including roofing and asbestos-containing materials.

  • Residential yard debris and trimmings.

  • Commercial landscaping.

  • Vehicles.

  • Liquids.

  • Waste and recyclables collected curbside.

How to apply
To learn more and apply for funds, contact:

Jessica Rojas

Need more information?
Contact Alicia Polacok at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability at 503-823-7107