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Solid Waste

Adopted 1972. Updated 1985, 1994.

Adopted 1972. Updated 1985, 1994.

The Leagues of Women Voters of Portland, East Multnomah County, and Clackamas County support an environmentally sound solid waste management plan.  To conserve our resources as much as possible, it should provide for maximum re-use and recycling.  In support of this, local units of government should use recycled products whenever economically feasible.  Industry should produce less unnecessary packaging, and more standardized and bio-degradable containers. It is industry's obligation to discard the "built-in obsolescence" theory and to manufacture better quality products.  Local government should foster the use of neighborhood shredders, encourage research for alternatives to burning, and enforce existing laws.

Education of the public about solid waste problems is a primary need.  The consumer should be educated to exercise care in purchasing, to demand quality products, to recycle, and to change the throw-away philosophy.

Financing of the solid waste management program must be adequate, economical, efficient, manageable and flexible, covering present and future needs.  Financing should be supported by private and commercial interest together with local and regional governments.  Financing should be provided by user fees and charges, licensing fees, disposal fees on car bodies and appliances, by bonds, and by federal and state grants and moneys.

The State should have authority over planning, regulation and enforcement of the solid waste program.  Collection should be done by private industry with local government (city, county) handling the franchising.  Transfer stations, recycling and disposal sites should be under regional jurisdiction.

Regional government should have the authority to initiate the process of sitting regional landfills.  Local government (city and/or county) land use plans must make it possible to site landfills within their own geographical boundaries.  The state shall direct the appropriate state-level authority to accomplish the siting should the regional governing body be unsuccessful in providing a landfill.

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