Talking trash with Metro & GRC
Metro's Ken Ray and Councilor Kathryn Harrington met with WEA's Government Relations Committee this week to talk during the breakfast hour about food scraps.
This is the kind of waste that normally goes to the landfill, not anything that's still edible.
Ray said the region currently sends enough food waste to the landfills that would fill 5,000 long-haul trucks.
Methane is also created when these food scraps decompose in the landfills.
As a result, the Metro Council has directed its staff to look at possible policies it could implement to address the problem.
Metro is looking at having a food scraps recycling requirement on food related businesses - those that process, cook, and/or sell food.
If adopted, the food scraps collection program would be phased in over a four to five year period, affecting approximately 2,700 businesses in the metro area.
Metro does already have some volunteer food scrap programs in place, where participating restaurants, grocery stores, and other businesses have food waste sent to facilities where the waste is turned into compost or energy.
The agency is looking at possible facilities closer (within 90 miles) to the Metro region, so there would be some economic benefit as well.
To learn more and/or participate in a survey about this issue, visit Metro's website.