The City of Portland unveiled new purple pay-as-you-throw trash bags on July 5, 2015. The new trash bag rate for purple bags is $1.35 per 15 gallon bag or $2.70 per 30 gallon bag.
Citizens who still have blue trash bags can continue to use them and put them out for collection until they no longer have any.
The City Council approved the increase in the trash bag fee as part of its approval of the FY16 $225 million municipal budget on June 25. The Council approved increases in revenues from non-tax sources to help offset the costs of the solid waste collection program, and any impact to the property tax rate. These increases also ensure that fees for City services, licenses, and permits are competitive with fees charged in other local jurisdictions. The Portland trash bag fee had not increased in five years and was significantly lower than surrounding communities.