In addition to input from community members around greater Portland, a range of groups and committees will guide the update of the Regional Waste Plan that Metro Council adopts.
Equity Work Group
The Equity Work Group will help ensure:
- that Metro explores and considers where the garbage and recycling system in greater Portland may have disproportionate impacts on communities of color.
- that the 2030 Regional Waste Plan adopted by Metro Council advances Metro’s progress towards the racial equity goals in its Strategic Plan to Advance Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
The work group will develop a shared understanding of the regional garbage and recycling system and identify parts of the system that may disproportionately impact communities of color. Once those impacts are identified, the next step will be to develop strategies to reduce those impacts. In addition, the group will help identify opportunities to leverage Metro’s role in managing the garbage and recycling system to support racial equity outcomes.
Technical work groups
Technical work groups will form in early 2018 when the third phase of plan development gets underway. The work groups will assist with developing a strategy to achieve the region’s vision of a future garbage and recycling system. They will include topical and technical experts, community organizations and local government representatives.
The Metro Policy Advisory Committee and Solid Waste Alternatives Advisory Committee will provide input at key decision points.