Changemakers: Meet the Portland recyclers tackling so much more than trash

City of Roses Disposal and Recycling wants you to “divert your wasteful thinking.” Here’s how that shift can help local communities of color.

PORTLAND, Ore. — In honor of February being Black History Month, we’re recognizing “Changemakers” — African Americans in various industries dedicated to making our community a better place.

The Simpson family certainly fits the bill. Al, Alando and A.J. own and operate City of Roses Disposal and Recycling in Northeast Portland.

Al is the patriarch. He started the business 25 years ago with one truck and a dream. “I never knew it would be this big,” he said. 


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