To pay for the costs of managing the region’s garbage and recycling system, Metro charges fees and taxes on certain types of waste while exempting other types of waste in order to promote the public benefits of reuse, recycling and composting.
Some types of solid waste materials are exempt from Metro’s fees and taxes even when placed in a landfill. Some of those exemptions have been in place for 25 years or more, and those exemptions should be re-evaluated to make sure they still serve a public benefit.
At the request of the Metro Council, the Solid Waste Alternatives Advisory Committee appointed a subcommittee tasked with evaluating Metro’s current solid waste fee and tax exemptions and making recommendations to the Metro Council on whether any changes should be considered.
The subcommittee begins its work in May 2017 and it is anticipated that it will complete its work before the end of 2017. Meetings of the subcommittee are open to the public.
|Position||Name and organization|
|Chair (non-voting)||Tim Collier, Metro|
|Dry waste material recovery facility operator that generates fee and tax exempt material (independent and unaffiliated with a disposal site)||Terrell Garrett, Greenway Recycling|
|Dry waste material recovery facility operator that does not generate fee and tax exempt material (independent and unaffiliated with a disposal site)||Vern Brown, Environmentally Conscious Recycling|
|Tire processing facility operator||Mark Hope, Tire Disposal & Recycling|
|Metal processor or automobile dismantler that generates auto shredder residue||Mathew Cusma, Schnitzer Steel|
|Industrial processor that generates fee and tax exempt material (independent and unaffiliated with solid waste industry)||Koreen Lail, Siltronic Corporation|
|Material recovery facility operator that exclusively receives source-separated recyclable material||Dave Claugus, Pioneer Recycling Services|
|Landfill operator||Bill Carr, Waste Management|
|Waste hauler (independent and unaffiliated with a disposal site)||Brian Heiberg, Heiberg Garbage & Recycling|
|Local government representative from SWAAC (designated as SWAAC liaison to subcommittee)||Rick Winterhalter, Clackamas County|
|Local government representative from SWAAC||Reba Crocker, City of Milwaukie|
|State government representative||Audrey O'Brien, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality|
|Recycling or utility advocate||Janice Thompson, Oregon Citizens’ Utility Board|
|Other individual that has experience or expertise with fee and tax policy||Jennifer Martinez, Ph.D. student at Portland State University|