Leading with equity
Communities of color have often experienced the negative impacts of the garbage and recycling system while being left out of its benefits. The 2030 Regional Waste Plan – created in collaboration with communities of color – outlines Metro’s commitment to leading with racial equity in its work to modernize the garbage and recycling system.
For the future Metro South project, this means that communities of color, as well as community members closest to the potential facility, will be engaged throughout the project to identify benefits, burdens, challenges and opportunities. In 2019, Metro conducted a racial equity analysis to help:
- Better understand the demographics of people in the siting area
- Inform the project team’s efforts to engage communities of color
- Identify any disproportionate impacts on communities of color and low income communities in the siting area
- Identify ways for Metro to be accountable to communities of color to ensure that they benefit from the facility
Potential location of the future Metro South facility
This map shows the areas in Clackamas county where Metro is proposing to build a new transfer and recycling center. The property currently under consideration for siting the transfer center is within this project area, and is located in the Clackamas industrial district on Jennifer St.