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Wheeler hopes new trash initiative will clean up city

Many Portlanders have complained to Mayor Wheeler about the trash problem

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- It isn't unusual to see trash overflowing from garbage cans in downtown Portland -- but a solution may be in the near future.

Mayor Ted Wheeler announced on Thursday his 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. The city has also partnered 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.

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