Oregon PSR and 350 Salem after the Metro Solid Waste Alternatives Advisory Committee heard testimony in opposition
to sending 200,000 tons of the Portland area's trash to the Covanta Marion Waste-to-Energy incinerator in Brooks, OR in 2017.
Oregon PSR's Environmental Health Program opposes waste incineration. We have been active in opposing incineration of municipal and medical waste in Marion County, in opposing pyrolysis proposals in Tigard and plasma gasification proposals in Arlington and other communities, and in promoting expanded programs for waste prevention and reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, and community education. We work in Oregon and beyond to educate elected officials and the public regarding meeting our inter-related resource, energy, waste, environmental, and human health needs in a sustainable and just fashion.
Read our letter to Metro Council (7/24/17) asking them to oppose sending waste to the Covanta incinerator. The letter was initiated by Oregon PSR, NAACP Portland and Neighbors for Clean Air, with 12 other organizations supporting our position.