Frequently asked questions
What is Detrash Portland?
Detrash Portland started as a community based organization comprised of volunteers dedicated to picking up trash in the Portland area. We briefly became a non-profit organization in September 2020. Then in January 2021 we joined the non-profit SOLVE.
How can I get involved?
We are always seeking additional volunteers for our pick up events. Check the events, Meetup or Facebook pages for volunteer opportunities. Registering on these pages helps us have a better idea of how many volunteers will be showing up. You can also share our events with friends through social media and word of mouth to help amplify our reach.
Do I need to sign a waiver ahead of time?
We request that you sign a waiver in advance whenever possible to make things smoother on the day of the event. You can sign the waiver digitally by registering for the event on the SOLVE events page or printing and filling out the appropriate physical form below and bringing it with you the day of the event.
What can I expect at an event?
Volunteers will check in at the pre-designated location with one of our team leaders and will sign a safety waiver.
Can I receive community service hours for participating?
Yes. We provide signed community service hour receipts upon request. Our events last 2 hours but you can be credited with extra time if you show up early to help us set up or stay late to help with disposal.
Can I recommend a location for a clean up event?
Yes. We are always looking for suggestions on areas that need cleaning. Please go to the contact page and send us an email with your idea for a location. Please keep in mind that any suggested locations will need a large open space where volunteers can initially gather while complying with safe social distancing practices.
Do I have to wear a mask?
Yes. Masks are mandatory so our events can follow safety guidelines outlined by the state to prevent the spread of Covid 19.
Do I need to bring anything?
Detrash Portland will provide all volunteers with trash grabbers, trash bags, gloves and high-vis vests at events. We also try to provide water and snacks at events. If you have your own equipment, we recommend that you bring it.
What are your safety precautions?
Volunteers are instructed to comply with social distancing guidelines throughout the event and masks are mandatory. We sanitize all of our equipment after each event and wash vests and gloves. A safety brief given at the beginning of every event instructs volunteers on how to avoid hazardous materials.
Can I bring children or pets to an event?
Children can participate if accompanied by an attentive adult. Minors aged 14-17 can participate without adult supervision but will need to sign an additional youth waiver.