2016 Kerns / Buckman Spring Cleanup


One of the surest signs of spring in Southeast Portland is the annual Kerns/Buckman Neighborhood Cleanup. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, April 16, from 9 am to noon. For those not familiar with the event, the Kerns/Buckman cleanup is a great way to divest yourself of the detritus of daily life that seems to have a way of piling up year after year. Old furniture, electronics, bulk waste, yard debris and more all find a home in the large Cloudburst Recycling bins that are provided each year. It’s a great way to get rid of items that are too large to just leave at the curb on trash day. Please note that certain toxic items cannot be accepted. This list includes fluorescent/CFC bulbs, batteries (including automotive, lithium and household alkaline), and styrofoam.

The cleanup will take place at its usual location in the parking lot of the Hinson Baptist Church, located at the intersection of SE 20th Avenue and SE Salmon Street. People bringing items to the cleanup are asked for a small donation on a sliding scale (typically in the $5–20 range), depending on the size of their load.

Anyone interested in giving their time to help organize and staff the event should contact the BCA board at buckmanboard@googlegroups.com.

One Response to “2016 Kerns / Buckman Spring Cleanup”

  1. thebeststuffedelves Says:

    Hello from Mike at the Kerns Neighborhood Association! Please join us at the combined Kerns-Buckman Community Collection Event on Saturday, April 16 at Hinson Memorial Baptist Church from 9AM to noon. I wish to take this opportunity to further expand on we are able (and unable) to accept in 2016.

    Accepted Waste Materials. Bulk household waste of a non-biodegradable nature (paper, plastic, glass, cloth, metal), furniture, small appliances, tires. Yard debris. Paint cans without lids and dried paint are acceptable.

    Accepted Recycling Materials. Computers, televisions, cell phones, LCD/CRT monitors, printers, and other electronics. No disassembled items, please.

    Materials Currently Not Accepted.*

    Food waste or household garbage. Alkaline batteries, lithium/auto batteries, fluorescent bulbs. Large appliances (washers/dryers/ranges/refrigerators/air conditioners/water heaters), exercise equipment. Styrofoam, hazardous waste, or flammables.

    ****Please note that this year we must prohibit disposal of all materials from construction, remodelling, and demolition, due to risk of asbestos. Such materials include vinyl flooring tiles, sheet, mastic, ceiling acoustical tiles, popcorn & spray-on texture, plaster walls & decorative plaster, cement siding shingles (transite), insulation (spray-on, blown-in, vermiculite, pipe, HVAC, lagging), electrical wire insulation & panel partitions, AND fire doors, fire brick, or other fireproofing. We also cannot accept wood scrap, concrete, dirt, or paint.****

    *For disposal options of unaccepted materials, please check the Metro website and other links:



    http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2016/02/economy_took_steam_out_of_gas.html (styrofoam)

    http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/sbo/2016/02/waste-to-fuel-company-will-make-styrofoam-instead.html?ed=2016-02-23&ana=e_sbo&u=CKUG0dCQ%2BzxoxpQYBPvnNw06163b01&t=1456266285 (styrofoam)

    Donation: Due to rising hauler fees, we wish to ask $15-40 depending on load (however, bicyclists may drop off their items free of charge). Money raised goes toward the costs of the collection event and for other neighborhood events in the Kerns and Buckman communities.

    Volunteer Info.

    Volunteers will sort and dispose of items brought into the event based on re-usable potential, and may also pick up litter around the Kerns and Buckman neighborhoods. If interested in volunteering, please complete a SOLVE volunteer adult/youth waiver form online at:


    Volunteer Contact: kernsna@gmail.com or call 503.758.4173. The event is brought to you by neighborhood volunteers and sponsored by SOLVE, METRO, and Portland General Electric. Thank you for your interest and participation!

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