Metro South, 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. Professional haulers also bring organic materials (yard debris and food scraps) to be transferred to composting facilities.
In addition, some households and businesses “self-haul” their materials – garbage, construction debris, recyclable items and others – for recovery, reuse and disposal. Metro seeks to reclaim and reuse as many discarded items as possible before the rest is taken to landfills.
In 2019, Metro issued requests for proposals that separate the current operations contract into two distinct contracts, starting in January 2020:
- Material Receiving, Recovery, and Transfer Operations, which consists of all other station operations not managed by Metro (more information and related documents provided below); and
- Traffic Management and Load Review (staff required to ensure safe movement of public and private haulers on-site outside the tipping buildings).
Metro’s own on-site staff includes a Transfer Station Site Superintendent, scale house supervisor and staff, a maintenance technician, and hazardous waste supervisors and staff.
On July 18, 2019, Metro issued a notice of intent to award a contract to Recology Oregon Recovery, Inc., to manage the transfer station operations of Metro South Transfer Station, including material receiving and recovery, for a period of five years beginning Jan. 1, 2020.
On Aug. 14, 2019, Metro cancelled the procurement for traffic management and load review services. Metro is considering other approaches to providing service at Metro South Transfer Station.