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Many Portlanders have complained to the mayor about the overflowing trash bins, and some have even sent in pictures.

KOIN 6 NEWS - Mayor Ted Wheeler at the Oct. 11 press conference. It isn't unusual to see trash overflowing from garbage cans in downtown Portland -- but a solution may be in the near future.

Now Mayor Ted Wheeler has announced a new initiative to tackle all the trash that litters the downtown area.

Wheeler said trash has been a growing problem in Portland — a 2.6 million pound problem.

"We're growing," he said. "We're on the radar. The bad news is that growth comes with growing pains."

One of those pains, he admits, is the litter crisis.

Many Portlanders have complained to Wheeler about the overflowing bins — some have even sent in pictures.

"We're on it," Wheeler said. "We know it's a problem."

Now, trash will be collected six days a week — including Sundays. By April, trash will be collected every day at every location in downtown Portland.

Wheeler announced the initiaitve Thursday morning at a press conference at Director Park in downtown Portland. Joining him were: Clean & Safe Board Chair Eric Murfitt, the controller for Mercantile; Central City Concern President & CEO Dr. Rachel Solotaroff; and Portland Business Alliance President & CEO Andrew Hoan

The initiaitve includes an expanded partnership with the Clean and Safe District to complete the dirty work. They'll be installing 200 new garbage cans throughout downtown.

Mayor Wheeler believes that with this initiative and help from the community, Portland can become the cleanest city in America.

KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune.

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