In October 2015, the Metro Council asked the Solid Waste Alternative Advisory Committee to appoint a subcommittee to consider whether material recovery facilities that process source-separated recyclable materials, as well as facilities that convert waste to energy or fuel, should be subject to licensing and inspection requirements similar to other solid waste facilities and, if so, identify which requirements are appropriate for such facilities.
On Dec. 9, 2015, SWAAC voted to form the material recovery facility and conversion technology subcommittee and provided Metro staff with recommendations on the composition of this group. The subcommittee, comprised of 15 industry, local government, non-profit and citizen representatives, met seven times between January and November 2016. The subcommittee completed its work at the end of 2016, resulting in a Key Recommendations Memo which was approved by SWAAC.
Staff presented the key recommendations at a Metro Council work session on Jan. 10, 2017. At that meeting, the Metro Council indicated its support for the key recommendations and instructed staff to proceed with preparing draft changes to Metro Code Title V, Chapters 5.00 and 5.01 as well as draft administrative rules for the Council’s consideration. Staff presented the draft code changes and administrative rules to SWAAC on May 10.
The Metro Council adopted the changes to Metro Code Chapter 5.00 and Chapter 5.01 on Oct. 26, 2017. A public hearing on the draft administrative rules was held Nov. 14, and an updated draft of administrative rules was available for public comment through Dec. 4, 2017. Final administrative rules are being developed and will be approved by, and implemented at the direction of, Metro's Chief Operating Officer.
Learn more about the adopted code language and proposed rules