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The Sanitation Dept collects residential and commercial garbage.  We service over 4,000 customers on a weekly basis. Every household should have a 95 gallon trash cart on wheels.   If you do not have a cart, you can purchase a trash cart at the Utility Office at City Hall.(Call: 325-6776)The trash cart should be rolled out to the curbside the night before or early morning of your scheduled pick up day. If your scheduled trash route falls on a holiday, it will be picked up on the next working day.

The City of Portland has purchased a sidearm trash truck, the following video shows an example truck and how it operates.

The City of Portland offer’s curbside pick-up and landfill option for brush and bulk items.


We follow a Title 17 Policy rules and regulations.

  • Must live within the city limits of Portland
  • Brush and junk items must be separated.
  • Items are to be placed near the road, away from any structures such as mailbox, fence, trees.

We have a local transfer station, with dumpster available if you want to drop items off.  Location: 1137 Parker’s Chapel Rd, Portland TN.

Please contact us to report items out for pick up,

  • Submit an online request to our City of Portland webpage (Customer request form)
  • Call 615-325-6776 ext. 502 or email Public Works office at
  • Place items at road and it will be picked up at our earliest convenience.

ITEMS ALLOWED to pick up:

  • Appliance, furniture, small children’s toys, lawnmower, exercise equipment, etc.… (Items too large for trash cart).  Oversized cardboard (All smaller cardboard needs to be broken down and placed in trash cart or dropped off at the local recycling center’s bin located on Morningside Dr.
  • Brush and limbs, bagged leaves.
  1. A) Homeowner doing the work (not contracted)
  2. B) Placed at road in a neat pile
  3. C) Root ball removed and cut in reasonable lengths.
  4. E) Separated from other junk items.
  5. F) Please do not put lawn clipping in your trash cart.

NOT ALLOWED to pick up:

  • Construction or remodel debris (Carpet, padding, flooring, cabinets, building material, etc….)
  • Concrete, brick and rock
  • No Hazardous materials allowed. (Paint, Oil, Tires, Roofing, etc…
  • Clean out & Move Out’s not allowed (Home, barn, shed etc..) Owner’s responsibility
  • Brush and lawn waste that was contracted or removed by heavy equipment.


Landfill Rules

Location:   1137 Parkers Chapel Rd     (off of Airport Rd)

Hours of operations     8:00 AM- 4:00 PM only on Wednesday & Saturday

  • Must live inside the city limits of Portland and provide a current address and contact information to the attendant.
  • No Commercial Haulers
  • No construction or remodel debris.
  • No contractors are allowed to use the landfill.
  • Brush and lawn debris must be dumped in designated area.
  • No Hazardous materials allowed. (Paint, Oil, Tires, Roofing, etc…
  • Concrete, brick and rock not allowed at landfill.


If you need to dump hazardous items, you will need to contact Sumner Co. Resource Authority in Gallatin @ 452-1114 to get information about location and time.