Lane County Plastics Round-Up

Lane County will hold its first FREE Plastics Round-up on Sunday, September 30th, 10 am – 2 pm at the Glenwood Transfer Station, 3100 E 17th Ave, Eugene.

We’ll be collecting #2, #4 and #5 tubs, jugs, bottles, lids and beverage handles.

All materials brought to this event must be clearly stamped with a resin code (number inside chasing arrows) of #2, #4 or #5 and must be separated into shape descriptions. No other plastic types will be collected at this event.

All items must be washed clean. Remove all labels that are not printed on container.

Some examples of ACCEPTED items:

  • #2 and #5 yogurt tubs and #4 yogurt lids (separated into three categories)
  • #5 dairy and cottage cheese tubs (not the lid because it is not marked)

Some examples of EXCLUDED items:

  • Arizona tea jugs marked both #5 AND #7
  • Coffee Mate bottles #1

Why a Round-Up?

Recent disruptions to international recycling markets has driven changes in the collection of mixed recycling (aka curbside commingled recycling) systems in Lane County. Some communities have had to prohibit plastics in order to ensure that sorting facilities can produce a marketable paper commodity for remanufacturing.

Lane County and its partners are developing strategies to maintain recycling collection for the plastics that can be successfully recycled in the Pacific Northwest. The key to successful recycling is to ensure each commodity type is uncontaminated by other plastics or debris of any kind.

Interested in volunteering for this event?

Contact Kelly Bell at 541-682-2059 or kelly.bell@co.lane.or.us

For additional information, contact: plasticsroundup@co.lane.or.us or visit the Lane County website.

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