Sundays Walks and Clean-up Event

Eli Dapolonia, a Foster-Powell neighbor, has been doing regular Sunday clean-up walks and has invited neighbors to join him.

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We messaged with Eli and he has offered to meet neighbors on Sundays at 9 AM for a walk through the neighborhood to pickup trash.

WHAT:Sunday Neighborhood Walk and Clean-up
WHEN:Sundays! Meet at 9:00 AM
WHERE:Gather at the Power Transfer Station
4405 SE 80th Ave (map)

Bring your own gloves, tools, trash receptacle, etc. and be ready to have a fun walk with your neighbors while making your neighborhood even more beautiful!

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2019 Neighborhood Cleanup

Does shattering household items provide you with a deep sense of satisfaction?

Well, now you can smash and shatter for your neighborhood! In fact, your neighborhood NEEDS you to smash and shatter…and throw and stomp and crush at the Neighborhood Cleanup!

The Mt. Scott-Arleta and Foster-Powell Neighborhood Associations will host our joint annual cleanup event on May 4th, and we need 50 volunteers to help unload cars, throw household items, and smash stuff to fit it in the bins.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, 4-May-2019
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Location: Arleta School, SE 66th Ave and SE Mitchell St (map)


  • Bulky Waste
  • Mattresses
  • Furniture
  • Scrap Wood
  • Tires
  • Any other large discards
  • Bikes & bike parts
  • Block foam & peanuts


  • Yard Debris
  • Computers/Electronics/TVs
  • Concrete
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Household garbage
  • Curbside recyclables


  • Car: $15
  • Van/Truck: $20 to $30
  • Trailer: $35 to $45


  • Tires: $2
  • Appliance (w/o freon): $15

Volunteer to Help at the Clean Up

If you’d rather repair, repurpose, and reuse, well, we need you too! The cleanup isn’t just about sending bins full of garbage to the dump. It’s also about finding the treasure in the trash, and volunteering means you get first pick of all of that beautiful treasure.

Volunteers also get to deliver a load of trash for FREE. We will have food available for volunteers.

Food, free stuff, and smashing for your ‘hood. Does volunteering get any better than this?

We mostly need volunteers to unload cars, which is physical work. However, there are a few roles that are less physical. If you’d like to volunteer but cannot do the physical work, please check the box below and we will try to provide you with a less physical role. All roles will require some amount of standing and moving around the event area.

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New Pilot Program for Sharps Disposal Boxes

There is a new pilot program in partnership between Multnomah County, City of Portland, Metro, and TriMet and Downtown Clean & Safe to respond to community concerns about syringe waste.  Syringe waste is one symptom of a complex set of issues related to livability that intersect with each of the jurisdictions. In early 2019, the pilot program will be adding 15 new Sharps Disposal Boxes (SDBs) across the city — for a total of 18 SDBs.  SDBs are about the size of a mailbox and provide a place for neighbors to safely and conveniently dispose of found syringes, which can not be thrown into a regular garbage can.

One of these boxes will be located at the Holgate Library parking lot. Please note that the SDB is not a program of the Multnomah County Library.

The agencies are hoping that convenient SDB locations will reduce carelessly discarded syringes, as well as help neighbors who are cleaning up their community to safely dispose of this waste. They have also launched a separate pilot program to provide neighbors with free small disposable sharps containers that can be placed into the larger disposal boxes.  “How to” videos and FAQs on safe syringe disposal as well as more information on these programs can be found on Multnomah County’s new syringe disposal web site.

The participating agencies will evaluate the effectiveness of the SDB program on reducing syringe waste, and they will be reaching back out to your Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association once the box is in place to get feedback.

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