Metro and local government partners will host a community conversation about Grimm’s Fuel Company, a locally owned yard debris compost facility in Tualatin. The purpose of the event is to discuss concerns relating to odors and other aspects of the operations of Grimm’s and to share information on efforts by Metro and other partners to address those concerns.
Metro issues licenses for, and regulates the operations of, various garbage and recycling facilities located within the greater Portland area. This includes compost facilities that receive yard debris from homes and businesses. Grimm’s Fuel Company’s license from Metro was due to expire in June 2017 and was renewed until the end of 2018 while Metro and other government agencies work with Grimm’s management and nearby residents to address various concerns about the facility, including smell, dust, traffic and other considerations.
Metro engaged a private company, Green Mountain Technologies, to draft a report that assesses conditions at the Grimm’s site and provides recommendations to mitigate odors and other nuisances at the facility. That report is currently being developed and its findings will be presented at another community meeting likely to be held in July. The report will likely inform any additional conditions to be placed on a license for Grimm’s Fuel Company starting in 2019.
Monday's discussion will include representatives from Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, the City of Tualatin, Washington County Department of Health and Human Services, and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.
The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 7, at the Sherwood Center for the Arts, located 22689 SW Pine St. in Sherwood. This event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.