The Metro Council, through its Solid Waste Alternatives Advisory Committee, is considering proposed amendments to Metro code that would establish the licensing and inspection of facilities within the greater Portland area that receive source-separated recyclable materials as well as facilities that convert waste to energy or fuel.
In October 2015, the Metro Council asked SWAAC to appoint a subcommittee to consider whether such facilities should be subject to licensing and inspection requirements similar to those for other solid waste facilities and, if so, identify which requirements are appropriate for material recovery and conversion technology facilities.
This subcommittee, comprised of 15 industry, local government, nonprofit and citizen representatives, met throughout 2016 to discuss these matters and provide recommendations to the Metro Council for its consideration. Those recommendations are reflected in the proposed Metro code amendments and administrative rules which can be downloaded from the links below. Amendments to existing code language are illustrated in redlined versions. The proposed administrative rule language is entirely new.
A 60-day public comment period closed on July 14, 2017. Comments received on the Metro code amendments were reviewed and responded to by Metro staff. The comments received and Metro staff’s responses can be downloaded below and will be presented to SWAAC at its meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 9, for further review and discussion. The proposed code language and administrative rules may be updated based on public comments and guidance received from SWAAC before they are presented to the Metro Council for its consideration.
There will be public testimony opportunities before the Metro Council in Fall 2017 before any code amendments are adopted.
Metro staff also received comments on draft administrative rules from:
- Keith Ristau, Far West Recycling
- Andy Kahut, KB Recycling
- Dave Claugus, Pioneer Recycling
- Chris McCabe, Northwest Pulp and Paper Association
Administrative rules are approved by Metro’s chief operating officer after the Metro Council adopts the code language that authorizes them. If the Metro Council adopts the proposed changes to Metro Code Chapters 5.00 and 5.01 this fall, Metro will subsequently post revised draft administrative rules for a second public comment period. The revised draft rules will take into consideration the preliminary input that Metro received during the comment period that ended on July 14, 2017. At the conclusion of the next public comment period for the proposed administrative rules, Metro staff will provide written responses to all comments on the draft rules received during the formal public comment period that would follow if the Code amendments are adopted.
Final administrative rules will be approved by, and implemented at the direction of, Metro’s chief operating officer.
Proposed changes to Metro's solid waste code, May 2017
Public comments received on proposed code changes
Solid Waste Alternatives Advisory Committee
Material Recovery Facility and Conversion Technology Subcommittee