Metro South Station, a solid waste transfer station owned by Metro and located in Oregon City, is a popular facility that receives many types of materials from a variety of sources. Garbage trucks bring trash collected at homes and businesses to Metro South, where it is consolidated with other waste materials. They also bring organic materials (yard debris and food scraps) to be transferred to specialized composting facilities.
In addition, households and a variety of businesses "self-haul" their materials – garbage, construction debris, recyclable items and others – for recovery, reuse and disposal. No matter the source of the materials, workers try to reclaim and reuse as many items as possible before the rest is transported to landfills.
Metro South also features a household hazardous waste facility where paints, solvents, cleaners, fertilizers, and many other chemicals can be collected and handled safely without creating extra hazards for our environment. Often these materials are still usable, and Metro's partnerships with nonprofit organizations ensure that hazardous materials get reused properly while saving people valuable money.
Since its opening in 1983, Metro South has evolved from a garbage transfer station to provide the various waste management services it offers today. But the facility is constrained with limited room to grow, making it increasingly challenging for Metro South to continue to provide the full set of services desired by our customers.
To meet this challenge, Metro undertook a two-year evaluation of the services offered at Metro South. This evaluation considered projections for future demand for different types of waste management services, the availability of similar services nearby, and recommendations for enhancing the sustainability, customer service and efficiency of Metro South's operations over time.
This two-year evaluation had three stages:
- a review of the solid waste transfer system in the Metro South service area
- a comprehensive needs assessment of Metro South customers
- the development of future options to address any unmet or emerging needs.