GLEAN: to gather, collect bit by bit, or pick over in search of relevant material

After five months of focusing their artistic inquiry on the often mysterious materials discovered at the Metro Central transfer station, the GLEAN 2018 artists are ready to share their visions in a formal exhibition.  Please join us! 

Arrive early!  Artist Eduardo Cruz Torres will be performing with members of his Aztec dance group from 6:00 - 6:30pm.

GLEAN is a partnership between Recology, an employee-owned integrated resource recovery and recycling company; Metro, the regional government that manages the Portland area's garbage and recycling system, and Cracked Pots.

2018 GLEAN Exhibition Opening
August 3rd, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Bison Building
421 NE 10th Ave., Portland

Exhibition Run
August 3rd - 25th
Fri – Sun, noon - 5:00 pm

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What's a transfer station?

Up until the early 1990s, most regions around the country still had local “dumps” where the community’s waste was taken. Due to concerns about public health and the environment, as well as increasing regulations, most of these local landfills began to close.

As communities struggled to figure out what to do with their waste, large waste management companies began construction of “mega-landfills” in remote locations designed to accept waste from hundreds of miles away. This new system created a new challenge — how could waste picked up by small, local garbage trucks be transported over such long distances?

The solution was to build transfer stations where waste from local garbage haulers and citizens could be processed and reloaded onto long-haul trucks, freight trains and even barges, in some instances. The Portland region’s waste is trucked 150 miles to the 2,000-acre Columbia Ridge Landfill in eastern Oregon. While we can be very proud of our high diversion rate, we still send more than a million tons of waste to landfills each year. Ouch.