Big Trash Day PDX?

When I lived in Oakland, CA, we had this thing called Big Trash Day. I’m sure the city had some sort of official name for it like Le Jour du Enormous Refuse or whatever. But it was one day of the year when you could leave out whatever you wanted and the garbageman would come and grab it. Of course, what would happen is, we’d all scavenge each others’ big trash and come out with a whole new living room. A friend of a friend once scored a Wedgewood stove — of course that might be an urban legend. But wait, did you hear that is was a friend of a friend? It was probably legit.

I was driving around St. John’s and thinking hey, people around here totally have Wedgewood stoves and vaults full of pirate booty and all sorts of things they’d like to leave on the side of the street, but don’t because they don’t want to be dinged by the trash people. We need a Big Trash Day here!

So I ask you, PDX-ers, is there a Big Trash Day in Portland? And if so, when is it? I need to make my reservations for the moving truck.

5 Comments so far

  1. Nathan Sheets (unregistered) on January 28th, 2008 @ 3:45 pm

    When I lived in Switzerland, they would have something similar as well. I think once every three or four months, everyone would put what they wanted out, encouraged others to take what they wanted, and then free pick up. For those of us who were poor college students, that’s how we got some nice things, particularly furniture, appliances and decorations. This would be awesome


  2. divebarwife (unregistered) on January 28th, 2008 @ 4:02 pm

    They do in some neighborhoods, when I lived in Sellwood we had one – and I did watch car loads of college kids drive down our street very slowly that night grabbing lamps and chairs and the like.

    Nearly every neighborhood though does a big collection in the spring at a near-by church or school or park. But you have to haul your stuff to them.


  3. Meghan (unregistered) on January 29th, 2008 @ 9:39 am

    My neighborhood (Mt. Scott-Arleta, in SE) did one of those "leave-your-big-junk-by-the-curb" days a few years ago, but now they do a Neighborhood Cleanup, where everyone must haul their large items to Arleta School. When I have something large to get rid of, I usually just put it on the curb and see if it walks away on its own. If not, well, back in the garage it goes, to wait for the cleanup day. If you just want free stuff, have you tried Freecycle? (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/freecycleportland/)


  4. Simeon (unregistered) on January 29th, 2008 @ 2:54 pm

    Back in Baltimore, they have "Bulk Pickup Day." It happens once a month. You call the city and give them a list of up to three items. On the designated day, the city will haul away your items. It seemed to work well, and people couldn’t get carried away with their items.


  5. dyspeptic (unregistered) on January 29th, 2008 @ 5:10 pm

    People all over Portland put things out with "free" tags on them on any given day. But, the early bird gets the worm. Anything worth reusing without much work goes within a couple of hours. Anything with scrap value goes within 24.



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