Contact Us for a Free Drop Box for Storm Debris 

Published January 26, 2024

The City of Lake Oswego’s Neighborhood Drop Box Program, in partnership with Republic Services, provides free dumpsters for community clean-up efforts. Dumpsters can be reserved through Neighborhood Associations.

Contact us to request for a free drop box. The Palisades Neighborhood Assoc. (PNA) will submit a request on your behalf. If the City confirms that there are drop boxes available for your chosen weekend, we will notify nearby neighbors via our email subscription list. Not subscribed? Use this subscribe link.

Drop Boxes are brought by Republic Services between 7 am to 6 pm on a Friday and picked up the following Monday morning. Republic Services is discouraging longer times for drop boxes to be in place due to the increased potential for non-yard debris to be dumped.

Taking advantage of drop boxes other times of the year for leaves, branches, etc.. This does not take away from the following year’s allocation of drop boxes if, for instance, there was a storm.

Do you need help hauling your yard debris? Contact us. We might be able to pair you with a helpful neighbor. Please have debris in bins, bags or garbage cans for easy transfer and to minimize debris in the volunteer’s vehicle. You are expected to load and unload your containers yourself. Please let us know if this is a hardship for you and we will try to match you with a willing volunteer.

Do you have hauling abilities and willing to help collect and transport debris? Please contact us and we will put you on our on-call list when there is a request for help. Feel free to decline if you are not available for a particular event. We’ll still keep you on the list and contact you the next time. You would not be expected to load or unload the yard debris.

Jan 2024 email from Amanda Watson, Sustainability Program Manager, City of Lake Oswego

The City of Lake Oswego is holding two storm debris clean up events for residents this Friday and Saturday, 1/26 and 1/27. We recognize that some residents may not be able to make it to those events or may still be working on cleaning up tree debris on their property, and want to share a reminder that the City has a Neighborhood Drop Box Program that could be used to help with storm debris clean-up.

The Neighborhood Drop Box Program, in partnership with Republic Services, provides free dumpsters for community clean-up efforts. Dumpsters can be reserved by Neighborhood Associations, HOAs, and volunteer or service groups that are working to provide a community benefit. Because we have a limited number of free dumpsters available through the program each year, we want to make sure each one provides the broadest benefit possible. If individual residents not affiliated with an organization apply for a dumpster, we ask that they reach out to their neighborhood association or HOA to help organize or advertise a cleanup event. In the coming weeks, you may hear from folks in your neighborhood who are interested in getting a Neighborhood Drop Box for debris clean-up and we encourage you to support them in sharing information about the clean-up event with other members of the neighborhood. This would also be a great opportunity for neighbors to coordinate on location, volunteers, and those who have hauling abilities to help collect and transport debris.

You can find more information about the program and the application form on our website:

There are also several businesses in our area where residents can self-haul yard debris for recycling, including the Metro South Transfer Station in Oregon City and landscaping businesses in Tualatin and Milwaukie. Check out Metro’s Find a Recycler online tool to find options closest to you.

If you have any questions about the Neighborhood Drop Box Program or storm debris disposal options, please reach out to Amanda Watson at

Thank you!


Amanda Watson (She/Her)
Sustainability Program Manager | City Manager’s Office
City of Lake Oswego 503-635-0291



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Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) Project Coordinator

Primary Role:

  • Handles NEP grant applications, grant approvals, reviews receipts for reimbursement and is the single point of contact between the entire Palisades Neighborhood Association (PNA) and the City.
  • To be successfull in this role you should be organized, communicative.
  • Time commitment: From 8-12 hrs. throughout the year


  • Accepting NEP proposals: Anyone living in the Palisades Neighborhood Association can submit proposal(s) to the NEP Coordinator along with estimated costs throughout the year. They should follow the application guidelines and answer the questions related to their proposal.
  • PNA Board will Vote on Which Items To Include in our NEP Proposal: During the month of March PNA board meeting the NEP Coordinator asks the board to vote on the proposed item(s). NEP Coordinator encourages person(s) proposing the item(s) to attend the meeting to answer questions that might come up. The PNA board then votes on which items should be included in the NEP grant proposal.
  • Developing and Submitting the NEP Grant Proposalt: During the NEP grant proposal period (usually the month of May) the NEP Project Coordinator:
    • Fills out the NEP grant proposal application based on items approved by the PNA Board;
    • Gets sign offs from the PNA Chair
    • Submits the proposal form to the city in early May for the initial review process
    • Provides additional information requested by the city
    • Revises and submits the final application to the City by the deadline (typically May 31).

What Happens Next:

  • Iris McCaleb from the City forwards the NEP grant proposals to the grant review committee and then to the City Council who review it and awards certain grants.The NEP Coordinator will receive a letter of award from the City and will share it with the PNA Leadership Team.
  • As items are purchased from the approved grant list, the project close-out form is filled out by the person requesting reimbursement. They will attach digital copies of receipts and photos and then submit all to both the NEP Project Coordinator and the PNA Chair. The NEP Project Coordinator submits the reimbursement request to Iris at the City for reimbursement.
  • Reimbursement checks are then sent directly to the person who purchased the item(s).