Public Works

Duties of the Department
The Department of Public Works helps keep the City of Portland moving each day with many areas of responsibility. We collect your garbage and recycling, clear your streets of ice and snow in the winter, help maintain the city's sewer system, build your sidewalks, manage the city's traffic lights and street signage, issue permits for public parks and spaces, and the list goes on.
  1. City’s Successful Street Sweeping Program Collects 1,000+ Tons of Debris to Protect Casco Bay

    Cleaner streets = a cleaner bay. Portland's successful street sweeping program has collected a total of 1,108 tons of debris thus far in 2016 from across the city. This collection is critical to protecting Portland’s water quality from pollution. Read on...
  2. City Solid Waste Crews WILL Collect Trash & Recycling as Scheduled on July 4th

    The City's crews WILL collect your curbside trash & recycling as scheduled on the Monday, July 4th holiday. Additional holiday trash/recycling information...
  3. City Manager Announces New Public Works Director

    The City is pleased to announce that it has selected Christopher C. Branch, P.E., to serve as its next Public Works Director. The City Council is slated to vote on his appointment at its June 6 meeting. If he is approved, he will begin work on June 7. Read on...
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