New community-based plastics recycling program

New community-based plastics recycling program
Posted on 08/07/2019

Lane County Waste Management is unveiling ongoing community-based plastics recycling to take the place of the single-day Plastics Roundup event.

 

“We know our community has a high interest in continuing to recycle as many types of plastic as it can,” said Waste Reduction Specialist Angie Marzano. “This new program will allow us to accept and recycle #2, #4 and #5 plastics throughout the year, which will require less stockpiling of materials for most residents.”

 

Community Plastics Collection will have several benefits over the Plastics Roundup events, including:

  • Reducing the carbon footprint of the event by reducing the number of single vehicle trips to the Glenwood Transfer Station (more than 72 percent of the previous Plastics Roundup attendees brought materials from their households only)
  • Increased efficiency as larger volumes are collected and brought in to the Glenwood Transfer Station
  • Improved quality of materials collected due to education and training provided to community collectors

 

Previously registered community collectors will need to re-register. Past community collectors included churches, neighborhood associations, farmer’s markets, businesses, and community centers. New community collectors are required to attend a training to learn how to sort and prepare materials, and discuss frequently encountered questions, such as how to remove labels.

 

Once registered, community collectors will be able to schedule drop-offs at the Glenwood Transfer Station starting in late September. Each community collector must have a minimum of two cubic yards of plastics in order to schedule a drop-off (about the size of a washer and dryer set). Larger quantities of materials are encouraged.

 

Collected plastics must be clean (adhesive labels removed) and sorted in the following material categories: #2 bottles & jugs; #2 tubs & lids; #4 bottles, tubs & lids; and #5 bottles, tubs & lids.

 

Interested community collectors can register online.

 

More information about plastics collection can be found at www.lanecounty.org/plasticscollection. Questions? Email plasticscollection@co.lane.or.us.

 

Lane County encourages residents to continue to reduce, reuse and recycle whenever possible, and be sure to recycle right by following guidance from their county, city or garbage company. If in doubt about whether it is recyclable, find out by visiting www.lanecounty.org/garbageguru, or leave it out. The online directory provides information on how to recycle or dispose of items in Lane County.

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