2019-2020 Community Collection Events

New Community Collection Events (CCE) Program Changes

No, the Community Collection Events Program is not new, but SE Uplift is changing our program name from the Neighborhood Cleanup Program for both consistency with our funders and to use inclusionary language. There are some big changes happening with the program in terms of applying for funds and selecting haulers from a pre-selected list, but the core of the program is the same; communities will continue to dispose of bulky waste, recycle and reuse while building partnerships and relationships. Any group of community members with an event or project taking place in the SE Uplift Coalition service area may apply for funding. Priority is given to events serving low-income communities and communities of color. Community groups that may apply include but aren’t limited to communities of identity, youth, school-based, faith-based organizations and neighborhood associations. Read more about program changes below. For additional information, please go to the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Community Collection Event’s website.

Application and funding

  • Groups must complete an application through SE Uplift Coalition Office and be pre-approved by the coalition in order to receive funds. The application asks groups to forecast what they’re spending money on.
  • Funding has been set aside for expenses related to recycling, reuse, swapping or skill-sharing. These funds can also be used for event supplies, volunteer stipends and refreshments.
  • Drop-box requests: Apply at least two months before event date.
  • All other clean-up events: Apply at least one month prior to your event date.


The event or project must take place between August 1, 2019 and June 1, 2020.

Litter clean-ups

  • Litter clean-up events must be hosted in partnership with SOLVE through the Keep It Pretty, Rose City program. Schedule your event with SOLVE; they will provide cleanup supplies and more. Additional funds can be requested for refreshments or supplies as described above.

Drop boxes for waste collection

  • Drop boxes must be reserved with one of seven approved garbage and recycling companies. Each company can provide up to 20 boxes to CCE through June 1, 2020.
  • Groups must complete an application and get pre-approval from their District Coalition Office before calling an approved company to set up the service.
  • A limited number of boxes are available. Contact BPS for additional ideas and support.
  • The cost is $500 per drop box, no matter how full it is.
  • BPS will pay the garbage and recycling companies directly after the event.

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.

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.

For More information on SE Uplift’s Community Cleanup Program, contact Mireaya Medina at Mireaya@seuplift.or or 503-232-0010 ext. 314

See our 2019/2020 Community Collection Events Calendar on this page to find out when your neighborhood will host an event, what items they accept and cost per load.

Trash Bash, Haul-Away, Collection Event, Cleanup – whatever you call your event, this is your one-stop-shop for helping neighbors get rid of bulky items like old vacuum cleaners, mattresses, furniture, scrap wood, empty paint cans and cat castles upholstered in blue carpet taking up valuable space in their homes.

Costs associated with Neighborhood Cleanups vary location to location, but are always less than fees required at the dump and help to fund neighborhood projects and activities like picnics, movie nights and more. Neighborhood Cleanups also encourage recycling and reuse as an alternative to throwing things in the dumpster headed for the landfill.

Below you will find our up-to-date cleanup calendar as well as resources for volunteers who want to host their own neighborhood cleanup.
Questions? Contact mireaya@seuplift.org.

*Curb-side dumping is illegal and could result in a fine

Want to plan a neighborhood cleanup, but aren’t sure where to begin? SE Uplift provides staff support and makes sure that you have what you need right from the get go. We can help you get you off on the right foot with our “Getting Started” tutorial linked in the image above.

Looking for the right hauler? Want to recycle more? How about a comprehensive guide that will walk you through all of the necessary steps needed to run a smooth and successful event? Check out the link above titled “Additional Resources”!

Find the nitty-gritty details of what you’ll need to track for your final reporting process in our “Final Reporting” tutorial linked in the image above. We recommend taking a look while you’re still getting started to help ensure that your event runs smoothly! You can also complete the online report here for Community Collection Event reporting or here for Litter event reporting.

Give credit, where credit is due! Find all the logos you will need for cleanup materials in the linked image above.