A history of Portland's trash
Many people like to trash talk, but do they like to talk about trash?
Metro, the regional government, hopes so.
Its holding another in its Lets Talk Trash series, on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Oregon Historical Society, 1200 S.W. Park Ave. on Portlands Park Blocks.
The topic, not surprising, is a historical one: What our trash says when were gone.
A panel of speakers will discuss the history of trash in the Portland region and where its headed. Facilitated by Oregon Historical Society Executive Eirector Kerry Tymchuk, the panel will include: Dennis ONeil, a former Metro employee; Steve Greenwood, an ex-Oregon Department of Environmental Quality employee; Tim Spencer, who works for DEQ; and Jen Fuller, a participating artist from Metros GLEAN art program.
The discussions are not just idle talk. Metro is debating far-ranging changes in how the region deals with its trash. One of the leading ideas is to burn much of the trash that can't be recycled, as done by Marion County, and produce energy instead. That would dramatically reduce the amount of trash sent to landfills.
The Metro Council will discuss the waste-to-energy plan at a Nov. 17 work session.
For more details on Wednesdays free event: www.oregonmetro.gov/event/lets-talk-trash-what-our-trash-says-when-we-re-gone/2015-11-04