Garbage & Graffiti

creating a clean & graffiti free Alberta Street


Earth Day 2011

Graffiti is vandalism which becomes costly for tax payers, business and property owners and local residents. You can help reduce graffiti vandalism through prevention, reporting and removal. Graffiti affects everyone:

  • Property owners and our small independent businesses must spend time and money to clean up the vandalism.
  • Discriminatory or hateful messages hurt individuals and identifiable groups
  • Vandalism makes our district less attractive to residents, visitors, business and investment.
  • Property damage and petty crime affect our sense of security and community pride.


  • Provide ongoing upkeep and remove tags as soon as they appear.
  • Control access with hostile vegetation, barriers, and lighting.
  • Move dumpsters and cover drainpipes to prevent climbing.
  • Organize a neighborhood watch.
  • Paint a mural on a chronically tagged wall (if you are interested in placing a mural on your building, please let us know – we may be able to help!


Report it before you remove it! Photograph the graffiti and notify the police & the graffiti abatement office.


  • Using PDXReporter – The PDX Reporter app is compatible with Android phones running 2.1 or higher and any model of iPhone running iPhone OS 3.1.2 or higher. This application may be downloaded for free from the Android Marketplace and iTunes.
  • Using online reporting form
  • Call Graffiti Abatement 503-823-4824
  • Text 503-823-8700 with photo and location
  • E-mail


  • Color match paint & surfaces. Patchwork walls encourage new graffiti.
  • Paint with MetroPaint recycled paint, which costs up to 50% less. Call 503-234-3000 or visit
  • Remove stickers with a dull blade or putty knife.
  • Power wash on porous surfaces.
  • Avoid toxic cleaners and use protective gear.

Download the Graffiti-free Portland Brochure (PDF)


unwanted Newsracks

News racks are one of the many items competing for the use of public spaces. The widespread and haphazard distribution of these racks is a particular problem in active, pedestrian‐oriented neighborhoods like Alberta Street. Good news! If you do not want news rack boxes on the sidewalk outside your store, obstructing a crosswalk, hindering access to your business, encouraging graffiti, or accumulating trash you can take action. learn more

Portland City Code defines graffiti as “Any unauthorized markings of paint, ink, chalk, dye or other similar substance which is visible from premises open to the public, and that have been placed upon any real or personal property such as buildings, fences, structures, or the unauthorized etching or scratching of such described surfaces where the markings are visible from premises open to the public, such as public rights of way or other publicly owned property.”

The City of Portland’s Graffiti Abatement Program supports neighborhood livability by decreasing graffiti in partnership with the Portland Police Bureau, neighborhood and business associations, community partners and volunteers. If graffiti is not removed, it can lead to more damage and create an environment in which crime can thrive. Leaving it on your property also wrongly sends the message that vandalism is okay.

Garbage & recycling

With many thanks to a grant from the Portland Main Street program, Alberta Main Street was able to commission local artist, Ivan McClean to design and install 19 garbage and recycling containers along NE Alberta Street. The holes in the top of the cans are designed for redeemable bottles and cans.


Many thanks to
Cloudburst Recycling
for providing in-kind