Recently, the main company that accepts food scraps from Metro Central Transfer Station has experienced difficulties processing non-food items – things like waxed or food‐soiled cardboard, other paper products and serviceware – that are mixed with food scraps. The amount of non‐food materials mixed with food scraps is so great that food scraps themselves can no longer be effectively processed and therefore must be disposed of in a landfill.
Category: solid waste
This week as the drizzle of a cloudy spring day came down and the morning commute of freeway traffic roared by, Multnomah County inmates worked to clean up the area known as Sullivan's Gulch.
Residents of the Portland region could see a decrease in their monthly garbage bill if the Metro Council approves an ordinance this week. But rates for composting will go up as a result of the same action.
An experiment in recycling paint has turned into a long-term effort, and both Metro and Oregon are on the cutting edge of a nationwide trend.
The Paint Care recycling program has expanded its reach, growing from 100 drop off sites to 140.
Thursday’s snow provided for some beautiful scenery at the former St. Johns Landfill, which is home to several species of birds and wildlife. Therese Mitchell, a landfill and environmental technician, took photos Friday morning.
The Portland region's government was busy on projects stretching across the area, from studying a transit line to Tualatin, to negotiating to build a hotel in Portland's Lloyd District, to helping with the planning process for a site near Willamette Falls, to figuring out how to curb the region's tailpipe emissions.
The Portland region recovered a record 62 percent of its waste in 2012, according to a new report from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. The region also saw a drop in the amount of waste disposed per person, marking the sixth year of a downward trend.
Every day, 50 trucks leave Portland, filled with the stuff you don't want anymore – plastic wrapping, cat litter, to-go containers, bottle caps and anything else that can't be recycled or composted.
This morning, we're on their trail, en route to the Columbia Ridge landfill near Arlington, the final resting place of most of the Portland region's trashed waste.
According to Metro's illegal dumping enforcement program, the RID Patrol, unidentified dumpers are getting the last laugh by tarnishing the region's "green" image with their trashy surprises. The culprits brazenly dump old tires, household electronics, mattresses and other bulky waste on public lands, including sidewalks, alleyways and waterways.
Now 30 years old, Metro South was originally planned to be a place to burn garbage, not to sort it. That's led to operational challenges today – and questions about what Metro South should look like tomorrow.