Jan. 1, 2023 update
Metro held a 30-day public comment period on Safety-Kleen System’s application for a new solid waste facility license for its Clackamas Accumulation Center from Sept. 1 to 30, 2022. Metro did not receive any comments during the comment period. On Dec. 15, 2022, Metro issued a solid waste facility license to Allwood Recyclers. The term of the license began on Jan. 1, 2023 and will expire on December 31, 2027. The license and staff report are now available.
Name and location:
Safety-Kleen Clackamas Accumulation Center
16540 SE 130th Ave., Clackamas, Ore.
Description of facility and application
Safety-Kleen Systems Inc. applied to Metro for a new solid waste facility license to receive industrial solid waste at the Clackamas Accumulation Center, temporarily holding the waste before transferring to permitted facilities for disposal or recycling. Industrial solid waste requires special handling and may include non-hazardous liquid or chemical waste generated at industrial or manufacturing facilities including but not limited to auto-body shops and chip manufacturers. A list of waste types generated in the greater Portland area and received at the facility can be found in the application packet linked below. The waste arrives at the facility sealed in containers, and Safety-Kleen does not open containers on site. The facility must obtain a solid waste facility license from Metro.
The Clackamas Accumulation Center also receives, stores and transfers hazardous waste, sealed in containers, which is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with local oversight provided by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Metro does not regulate hazardous waste. The facility holds a Hazardous Waste Storage Permit issued by DEQ on behalf of EPA which authorizes the storage of specific hazardous waste types at the facility for up to one year. Industrial solid waste and hazardous waste that is sealed in containers and not included in the storage facility permit can be stored on-site for up to 10 days before being transferred to recycling facilities or disposal sites. The facility also holds a solid waste transfer station permit issued by DEQ, which authorizes the facility to receive and store solid waste.
The Safety-Kleen Clackamas Accumulation Center is owned and operated by Safety-Kleen Systems Inc., a subsidiary of Clean Harbors Environmental Services headquartered in Norwell, Massachusetts. The property is zoned Light Industrial (LI) and the proposed use is allowed in this zone by Clackamas County.
A copy of the license application can be downloaded from the link below. If approved by Metro, the new license would authorize the Safety-Kleen Clackamas Accumulation Center to receive and store industrial solid waste on site before transfer to permitted facilities for disposal or recycling. A standard Metro license generally has a term of five years. Metro will respond to the comments received during the public notice period as part of a staff report which will be posted to this page when available.