Currently, about 90 percent of greater Portland's garbage ends up in one of two landfills owned by Waste Management, under an agreement that has been in place for more than 25 years. That agreement expires at the end of 2019.
Metro Council is now looking at options for where garbage goes starting in 2020 – and how it can be used as a resource to generate energy, make compost or be reused in other ways.
While Metro will continue to focus on reuse and recycling, as well as the reduction of overall waste, landfills will continue to be a destination for at least some of the region's garbage, in part because there is more than 100 years of capacity available among seven landfills located within 200 miles of Portland.
Metro is working to identify which landfills can best serve greater Portland in the years ahead and the best ways to transport garbage to these landfills. Metro Council is expected to make final decision on landfill and transportation options in Spring 2018.