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Lane County to host free plastics roundup for Lane County residents

 

August 16, 2018

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Lane County Waste Management is hosting a free plastics roundup for clean #2, #4 and #5 (Polyethylene and Polypropylene) tubs, jugs, bottles, lids and beverage handles at Glenwood Transfer Station on Sunday, Sept. 30. Collected plastics will be taken to Denton Plastics and made into resin that can be used in new products. The resin from recycled plastics is used to make products such as park benches and decking, flower pots and electronic component parts.

Residents are encouraged to collect #2, #4 and #5 plastics that are CLEAN, free of debris and sorted by resin identification code (chasing arrow number). Any contamination (wood, dirt, rocks, metal, food, etc.) can damage the equipment that processes plastics. If there is no resin identification symbol or number on the plastic materials, it will not be accepted.

This event is in response to recent changes in the international recycling market that have driven changes in recycling rules throughout Lane County, including prohibiting tubs in the commingle mix. During this uncertainty, Lane County Waste Management will continue to encourage recycling as much as possible. These challenges present an opportunity to develop long-term plans to strengthen local processing capacity, identify and grow new markets, reduce contamination and deepen partnerships.

For a list of materials being accepted in your area and for the latest updates visit http://www.lanecounty.org/waste. Additional information can be found at http://www.lanecounty/plasticsroundup.

Residents can also email questions to plasticsroundup@co.lane.or.us.

 
 

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