We recently spoke with Babs Adamski, the Community Outreach Coordinator for Be Cart Smart (your new curbside collection service). For those of you reading from Portland, Oregon, consider joining the Include the Food campaign and raise funds for your community organization along the way.

What: The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) invites neighborhood associations, nonprofit groups, ethnic groups, and communities of faith to mobilize volunteers to go door-to-door to answer questions about changes to the curbside collection system, to promote composting and to earn money for the group.

Why: Just like when Portlanders first started recycling, it takes time to create and establish new routines for households.
Portlanders are doing a great job adapting to the new Curbside Collection Service with food scrap composting and the change to weekly pick up of the green Portland Composts! roll cart and every-other-week garbage collection. The City wants to continue to help Portlanders adapt and to answer questions about the changes.

How: Participating groups commit to mobilizing volunteers ages 18 years and older. BPS provides training, safety vests, maps, walking lists and literature. Volunteers earn $2.00 per conversation or $.50 per piece left behind for their organizations.
Any group providing five or more volunteers is welcome.

When: February 28 – May 19, 2012
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays (evenings), Saturdays; Groups pick days and times for the training and to canvass together.

Where: Target neighborhoods include St. Johns, Woodlawn, King, Concordia, Cully, Centennial, Lents, Powellhurst-Gilbert, Brentwood Darlington and Woodstock.

Ready to jump in? Contact Babs Adamski, 503-823-8753, barbara.adamski@portlandoregon.gov or Renée Johnson, 503-823-1862, renee.johnson@portlandoregon.gov