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.
Category: solid waste
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.
Environmental art exhibit at Disjecta Gallery, Aug. 16 to Sept. 8
What does the waste we generate say about us? Though most of us forget about it once it is hauled away from the curb, trash is a surprisingly intact and rich record of our daily lives, our civilization and its values.
Metro South, the regional garbage transfer facility in Oregon City, commemorates its 30th anniversary this year. Langford is one of 212,300 customers served by Metro scale house and Allied Waste Transfer Service employees in the past year alone.
Metro South, the regional garbage transfer facility in Oregon City, has gone through many modifications over its 30-year history, reflecting a shift in regional values toward sustainable practices that minimize trash and maximize recovery.
Now is the time to let decision-makers know what you think is needed in the Southwest Corridor. Have you weighed in on the potential high capacity transit options for the Southwest Corridor? What do you think of the draft recommendation the steering committee is considering? Your input matters and will be shared with decision-makers in early July.
Five local artists were recently selected by a jury of arts and environmental professionals to participate in GLEAN, a program that will send them sorting through the region's trash in search of creative answers to the region's excessive waste generation.