Recycling can be complex and time-consuming, and sometimes it’s tempting to just throw used items away.

Don’t! To simplify reuse, the North Portland neighborhoods of St. Johns and Cathedral Park are hosting their 6th annual Trash to Treasure event on April 26. Join here.

This is the largest community sharing event in Portland, with more than 6,000 items swapped last year. It is open to the public and free of charge to those who come with a donation box.

The event is run entirely by volunteers with help from nonprofits, who will present sustainable living techniques.

Portland-based Recology will give away 1 cubic yard of compost per person, so bring a container.

Volunteers are privileged with early swapping rights and trained in one short session directly before their shift. Sign up here.

Bring toys, books, videos, furniture, apparel, tools, art supplies and electronics to swap. For recycling, bring tires, metals, plastic, e-waste, batteries and lights.

For a full list of details and accepted items, visit here.

Volunteers help with loading, and items can be dropped off as early as April 25, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Trash to Treasure starts April 26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Red Sea Church, 7535 N. Chicago Ave.

Julia Rogers can be reached at 503-546-5137 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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