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Residents can drop off electronic waste, used bicycles and other items at May 7 event.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF TROUTDALE  - The city of Troutdale, along with recycling vendors, will collect various waste and recyclable items from the city's residents. The city of Troutdale, along with recycling vendors, will collect various waste and recyclable items from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 7, at the Troutdale Public Works Building, 342 S.W. 4th St.

Residents can bring electronic waste, used bicycles, bike inner tubes, mint-condition instruments, yard debris and paper for shredding.

"This event has been going on since the '90s," said Ryan Largura, Troutdale's environmental specialist. "It then expanded to more material, and we have started having people come to drop off more waste and other items to recycle."

Largura said the cleanup event is designed to help residents get rid of items taking up space in their homes, but also to allow more folks to recycle and help the environment.

"From what we have heard, the community is appreciative that we are doing these events, especially for taking care of their electronic waste," Largura said. "We really try to focus on providing places where items can be reused, and we are constantly trying to find new vendors that reuse items."

One of the groups focused on finding items to reuse is PDX Jazz, an organization that distributes used brass and/or wind instruments in good condition throughout the state to underserved schools.

Another group, Bike Works, tries to divert used bicycles from the scrap yard, refurbishes them and gets them in the hands of those in need.

The city also has partnered with Allwood Recyclers to offer Troutdale residents free disposal of two cubic yards of yard debris per coupon from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at 22800 N.E. Marine Drive, Fairview. Disposal does not include dirt, sod, rock, brick or concrete.

Waste Management will have additional curbside garbage collection and curbside bulky waste collection for single-family homes on various days in May. Check the city's website for more information on dates and rules for additional curbside pickup.


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