Portland transfer stations overloaded by garbage backlog

Staff are asking the public to hold off on personal garbage visits for now to save room for commercial haulers to drop off their trash loads.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland’s garbage and recycling system has become strained due the COVID-19 pandemic and a spate of severe winter weather that caused intermittent freeway closures in the past few weeks.

Frequent closures of Interstate 84 through the Columbia River Gorge have prevented trucks from carrying compacted trash loads to landfills in Eastern Oregon, according to a Tuesday news release from Metro, and have also blocked some empty trucks from getting back to reload.

A backlog of

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