Metro: Let’s Talk Trash

Metropolitan Group worked with Metro to develop an implementation plan for “Let’s Talk Trash,” a new event series focused on engaging the public in discussions around waste management. With Metro’s current disposal and transport contracts expiring in 2019, there was an important opportunity to have this conversation with a diverse group of voices in the community to raise awareness of our trash habits; raise issues and ideas around the concept for garbage as a resource; and engage the public in a discussion about what we should do with managing garbage in the future. To guide our thinking around the structure of “Let’s Talk Trash,” we included a variety of perspectives in the conversation, including interviews with industry stakeholders, community partners, thought leaders and community members. Now fully in implementation mode, we are working to roll out creative and educational events to reach a variety of communities in the Portland metropolitan area. We are collaborating with Milagro Theater on El Tesoro (The Treasure): An Environmental Telenovela. This bilingual play will be performed in a number of communities with an open discussion immediately following the performance. Other events include a Portland Nerd Nite, a virtual dump crawl with digital mavens, an event with Edward Humes (Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash), and a trash-focused filmmaking contest in collaboration with the NW Film Center. We invite you to add your voice to the conversation by visiting oregonmetro.gov/letstalktrash.