The Environmental Management Committee (EMC) was established in 2015. According to Chapter 8.08 of the Silverton Municipal Code, the EMC is an Advisory Committee that makes recommendations to the City Council on issues regarding recycling, solid waste management, environmental issues and other similar matters. The EMC meets only as necessary to handle matters referred to it by the City Council, the Public Works Director, or the City Manager.
The EMC does not have any policy making authority. It shall perform the following duties when requested to do so by the City Council: A. Develop and recommend to the Council strategies, informing the public, and advising the City Council on fulfilling the public policies set out in the Solid Waste Ordinance. B. Recommend to the City Council strategies for promoting and developing recycling, waste reduction and reuse. C.Make recommendations to the City Council on any rate adjustment or service level adjustment requested by the hauler. D. Advise the City Council on environmental and health issues. E. Advise the City Council on sustainability issues and practices with regard to solid waste, building maintenance and construction, energy and water conservation, and green purchasing guidelines. F. When delegated to do so by the City Council, hear complaints about the hauler's services under its exclusive franchise. Any other similar matter or issue referred to the EMC by the City Council.