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Fri Sep 7, 2018, 02:47 AM

Trash-strewn Portland must become cleanest city in America, mayor vows

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced Thursday his intention to create a city program that would clean up trash and debris strewn throughout the city center.

Though Wheeler's announcement was short on specifics, he made clear his goal that Portland be "the cleanest and most livable city in the United States" and said an element of the new program will be to install more trash cans in the city core and establish regular pickups at the receptacles.

Complaints about trash on public streets, particularly in downtown and surrounding areas, are the most common grievances residents voice to the mayor, Wheeler said Thursday.

In fact, Wheeler said a resident approached him during his Thursday morning treadmill workout to complain about trash left by homeless people in the resident's neighborhood. Wheeler said that while he and his young daughter were in the Northwest 23rd Avenue area Labor Day weekend, they noticed the few trash bins available to the public were overflowing.

Read more: https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2018/09/portland_must_clean_up_trash_a.html

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