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49º | Showers | 84% chance of rain | Sunrise 7:50 a.m. | Sunset 4:40 p.m.

🗑️ Out with the old
old paint cans stacked on top of each other with paint dripping down the sides
You can take your old cans of liquid latex paint to a PaintCare drop-off site. | Photo by Miller Paint
As we rush toward the end of 2023, you may find yourself eager to cut ties with the past 12 months — as well as some things lying around your home. While many unwanted household items are easy to donate, recycle, or just throw away, other things require special attention to be properly disposed of. Here’s a quick guide to getting rid of hazardous waste.

What is “hazardous waste”?

The term applies to a slew of items that should not be put in trash cans or flushed down the toilet. These products are often marked with words like “caution,” “toxic,” “flammable,” or “warning.” Some examples of hazardous waste items are:
  • Paints, thinners, and solvents
  • Pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers
  • Used motor oil and antifreeze
  • Household cleaners
  • Batteries

How to safely get rid of it

Before you load up the car and head to one of Metro’s two designated recycling centers, check online to see if there’s an easier option for items like…

Oregon offers drop-off sites for nearly any dosage form, including pills, liquids, and sprays.

Medical sharps
Syringes, lancets, auto-injectors, needles, and needle connectors can be taken to collection boxes across Multnomah County.

Rechargeable batteries can be taken to a free Call2Recycle drop-off site at a retail store near you, or you can mail them. Old electronic appliances like TVs and computers can be dropped off (or picked up) with Oregon Ecycles.

Drop off leftover paint at one of 185 year-round PaintCare sites across Oregon, including over 40 in the Portland metro area. Donated cans are recycled into new paint at MetroPaint’s facility on Swan Island.

If you have hazardous waste that can’t be recycled using one of the options above, it may need to be taken to a Metro recycling center. Learn how to safely prepare products and where to take them.
Tuesday, Dec. 5
  • Christmas Ships Parade | Tuesday, Dec. 5-Sunday, Dec. 17 | Various locations on the Columbia and Willamette rivers, Portland | Free | Brightly lit, colorful flotillas will set sail for the 69th year, drawing thousands of onlookers to the river banks.
Wednesday, Dec. 6
  • Portland Indigenous Marketplace | Wednesday, Dec. 6-Friday, Dec. 8 | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | Center for Native Arts and Cultures, 800 SE 10th Ave., Portland | Free | Shop for handmade, original pieces from Native and Black artists and entrepreneurs.
  • Swing & Sway: Christmas Swing Dance | Wednesday, Dec. 6 | 6-9 p.m. | The Valiant Ballroom, 111 W. Ninth St., Portland | $8 | Don your festive attire and dip your toes into swing dancing with a beginner-friendly lesson at 6 p.m., followed by a DJ’d dance starting an hour later.
Thursday, Dec. 7
  • Photography Basics: An Introduction with Faraaz Abdool | Thursday, Dec. 7 | 6-7 p.m. | Online | $20-$30 | Let your photography aspirations take flight by joining this four-part series that will reveal how to capture eye-catching images of birds with virtually any camera — even a smartphone.
  • Ali Wong | Thursday, Dec. 7 | 8 p.m. | ilani Cowlitz Ballroom, 1 Cowlitz Way, Ridgefield | $99-$129 | The stand-up comedian, writer, and “Always Be My Maybe” actor brings her authentic jokes on everything from dating advice to family drama to the PNW.
  • Benson Hotel Annual Gingerbread Display | Thursday, Dec. 7-Saturday, Dec. 30 | Open 24 hours a day | The Benson Hotel, 309 SW Broadway, Portland | Free | Get a look at this year’s masterpiece made with 150 pounds of gingerbread, heaps of marzipan and chocolate, and buckets of icing.
Friday, Dec. 8
  • “Make the Yuletide Gay” | Friday, Dec. 8-Sunday, Dec. 10 | Times vary | Newmark Theatre at Portland'5 Centers for the Arts, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland | $20-$56 | The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus will once again put on “the gayest holiday concert of all time” inspired by classic variety and sketch shows.
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ReStore announces new store hours at 3 locations
2 women stand in a store surrounded by furniture
Shop hand-selected items including mid-century furniture, vintage pieces, lighting, and more. | Photo by Jason Quigley
The Habitat for Humanity Portland Region ReStores are giving Portlanders more opportunities to shop.

ReStores are now open for shopping seven days a week with expanded store hours (below) at the Beaverton, Gresham, and Portland locations:
  • Tuesdays, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Wednesday to Monday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The home improvement stores sell new and gently used furniture, home décor, appliances, building materials, and more at discounted prices. Every purchase helps fund local Habitat homebuilding programs — which sounds like a great deal to us.

Pro tip: If you need to clear out any clutter before your company arrives for the holidays, you can drop off donations at all three locations (see more about donation drop-off times).
News Notes
  • The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is set to receive $19 million in state funding during next year’s legislative session. The money will be used for winter road maintenance, including buying de-icer and new snow plow trucks, removing overtime restrictions for ODOT employees, and repairing potholes in the spring. (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
  • Construction is underway on a 111,000-sqft shopping center in Hillsboro. Reed’s Crossing Town Center at the intersection of Cornelius Pass Road and Southeast Blanton Street will feature tenants like Shake Shack, Market of Choice, and Jamba Juice. Shops will open for business starting next fall. (Portland Business Journal)
  • A California-based company that contracts with the US Postal Service will close its Northeast Portland facility, laying off 62 employees at the end of January. The business, Matheson Flight Extenders, provides trucking and mail-handling services. It filed for bankruptcy last year. (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
  • A new documentary from Portland-based filmmaker Irene Taylor premieres on HBO a week from today. “Trees and Other Entanglements” explores human relationships with trees and deeply rooted connections with the natural world. See a screening followed by a Q+A with Taylor on Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Tomorrow Theater. (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
  • It’s almost time for lights, camera, action on Portland’s “Christmas Street.” From Friday, Dec. 15 through the end of the year, Peacock Lane will light up the Sunnyside neighborhood with residential light displays even Clark Griswold would envy. Visitors can enjoy free hot cocoa and car-free experiences on certain nights. (KOIN)
  • One way to spell “fun” is P-O-R-T-L-A-N-D. Rose City ranked No. 13 in WalletHub’s “Most Fun Cities in America” study, scoring high for entertainment, recreation, and nightlife options. It’s hard to top party meccas like No. 1 Las Vegas, but we’re definitely going to brag about beating No. 22 Seattle. (WalletHub)
  • Have an active loved one on your shopping list? Upway delivers rigorously inspected, certified, and 99% pre-assembled e-bikes from top brands (think: Specialized, Aventon, and Super73) directly to your doorstep — with free express shipping when you use code TREE.*
  • With one of the “best reward cards of 2023,” enjoy exceptional rewards on purchases and a $300 welcome bonus. And start racking up those rewards.*
The Buy
The ultimate gift for the year of Barbie: the Barbie Dreamhouse 2023. Can we get one of those spiral pool slides for our house?
📝 Jog your memory
November was a busy month, Portland, so we don’t blame you if you missed a few headlines.

We deliver roughly seven news notes each day — that’s ~150 pieces of news every month — so you can keep track of all the local goings-on, like:
  • Delays to downtown construction projects
  • Electric bill rate hikes
  • Big concerts to plan for at Providence Park
How closely have you been paying attention? Click the button below to take our November news quiz and find out.
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