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1 hour 16 minutes


Recycling centers, Refuse disposal industry -- United States, Sustainability


Interview of Lee Michael Barrett by Angie Cirello in Portland, Oregon on November 20th, 2009.

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Lee Michael Barrett is the owner of Eco-Logistics and a member of the Board at the Association of Oregon Recyclers. Eco-Logistics is a consulting firm that works with race organizers to ensure that their road race meets environmental objectives. Before Eco-Logistics, Lee Barrett retired from Metro, Portland's regional government, as the Waste Reduction and Outreach Manager. Prior to that he was in Portland's Office of Sustainable Development, and the Portland Recycling Team.


Lee Barrett of Portland Recycling Team is interviewed by Angie Cirello on 11/20/2009. The interview covers Lee’s background in the Portland Recycling business, and why he chose recycling as a profession. His career with PRT started in the seventies, and he was the general manager from 1978-82, and his goal has been to make recycling more professional and mainstream since then. From 3 or four drop off points in the seventies, and processing 1000 tons a month, recycling in Portland has bloomed, and curbside recycling processes 100,000 tons annually. His biggest successes and failures are discussed, and he relates Portland franchise based recycling with many companies, compared to other leading city recycling programs such as San Francisco and Seattle, run by enormous municipally ran organizations.

This interview is part of “The Sustainability History Project: Documenting Sustainable Development and Practice in the Pacific Northwest” at Portland State University.


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