In addition to input from community members around greater Portland, a range of technical work groups and advisory committees will guide the update of the Regional Waste Plan that Metro Council adopts.
Technical work groups
Technical work groups will help develop actions to achieve the vision and goals for the 2030 Regional Waste Plan. Technical work group members include topical experts, local government staff, community based organizations, haulers, and facility operators. Eight technical work groups will be convened from March to May 2018. Each group will focus on one of the goal areas listed below:
- Healthy Products
- Economic Prosperity
- Education and Information
- Garbage and Recycling Operations
- Good Jobs
- Preparedness and Resilience
- Quality Service
- Reduce, Reuse and Repair
The Healthy Products work group will discuss actions the region can take to ensure that companies that manufacture and sell products and packaging share responsibility with consumers for minimizing the impacts of these items on public health, climate, air quality, waterways and wildlife through product life cycles.
Education and Information
The Education Information work group will actions the region can take to ensure everyone has the culturally relevant, age appropriate information and educational resources needed to make decisions on products from purchasing to disposal that will protect their health and their environment.
The Economic Prosperity work group will discuss actions the region can take to ensure innovation, investments and partnerships support a thriving recycling, reuse and repair economy that benefits local communities.
Garbage and Recycling Operations
The garbage and recycling operations work group will discuss actions the region can take to ensure our garbage and recycling system, from trucks to facilities, is safe for workers and the public, minimizes pollution of air, soil and water, and is financially sustainable.
The Good Jobs work group will discuss actions the region can take to ensure all garage and recycling industry jobs pay living wages and provide opportunities for career advancement. They will also focus on to ensure occupations in the industry reflect the diversity of our local communities.
Preparedness and Resilience
The preparedness and resilience work group will find ways to make sure the region's garbage and recycling system is resilient and prepared to recover quickly from disruptions like natural disasters, while minimizing harmful impacts to the most affected communities.
The Quality Service work group will steps the region can take to ensure the garbage and recycling services meet the needs of all people and all communities.
Reduce, Reuse and Repair
The reduce, reuse and repair work group will discuss actions the region can to ensure reduce, reuse, repair and donation become mainstream practices accessible to all, creating economic opportunity and building community self-reliance.