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Please consider carpooling or collecting from friends and
neighbors to reduce traffic problems at the event.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. What are the event details?

A. Sunday, September 30th, 2018 at the Glenwood Central Receiving Station, located at 3100 E. 17th Avenue in Glenwood from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Q. What plastic material is being accepted?

A. Residents are invited to bring #2, #4 and #5 (Polyethylene and Polypropylene) tubs, jugs, bottles, lids and beverage handles CLEAN and free of debris. These are materials (with the exception of lids and beverage handles) most recently dropped from curbside, commingle programs. Items without the resin code stamp indicating #2, #4 or #5 will not be accepted.

Q. What if I’m unable to attend or can’t make the first event? Are there plans for another event?

A. If residents are not able to attend, collect and send materials with a neighbor, friend or family member. If the Plastics Roundup is successful and materials are prepared correctly, Lane County hopes to be able to offer these events more regularly (1-3 times per year).

Q. How should I collect my material?

A. Start collecting clean and washed plastic tubs, jugs, bottles, lids and beverage handles in paper bags for the event. Remove labels that are not printed on. Make sure every item has the resin code # stamp. Separate plastics by resin code # and by shape (i.e. a bag for #2 tubs, a bag for #5 tubs, a bag for #5 bottles, a bag for #5 lids,  and etc.).

Q. What are beverage handles?

A. Beverage handles are used for carrying six-pack bottles and cans and other food grade commodities. Handles are made by PakTech, a Eugene-based company utilizing post-consumer content plastic resin in their injection molded handles.

Q. Why are Lane County and its partners planning a Plastics Roundup when plastics were recently excluded from residential curbside commingled collection?

A. Lane County has been working diligently with our partner, Denton Plastics, a local processor who has traditionally only accepted pre-consumer (plastics that do not reach the consumer) plastics. They have communicated to Lane County that they are willing to accept plastics from this event IF it meets certain standards:
 All material must be clean and washed
 No labels
 Only plastics with a resin identification symbol (e.g., ) will be accepted
 Plastic material must be sorted by shape and resin type and bagged separately (#4 tubs separate from #5 tubs, separate from #4 lids)

The curbside commingled recycling programs so often contain inappropriate and dirty plastic types that it is difficult to sort out plastics of marketable quality. These collection events are intended to fill this gap.

Q. What will happen to plastic materials once they are taken to Denton Plastics?

A. The plastic materials will be processed and sold to manufacturers making new products. The resin from recycled plastics is used to make products such as park benches and decking, flower pots, electronic component parts and much more.

Q. Should I start collecting for my neighbors and bundle my trip?

A. Residents are encouraged to collect materials from neighbors, friends and family in an effort to reduce trip miles and traffic flow on day of event.

Q. Will there be an opportunity to drop off other materials during the event (e.g., electronics, batteries, motor oil), etc.?

A. Lane County offers a host of free recycling options at its Glenwood Central Receiving Station. This saves customers money because separating recyclables or items that can be reused results in less garbage, which saves residents money. Additionally, recycling reduces air and water pollution, energy use and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
Get a full list of what can be recycled and disposed of at Glenwood here.

Q. I have additional questions that were not answered here, where can I find more information?

 ​A. Email questions to plasticsroundup@co.lane.or.us  or call 541-682-4120

Q. How can I help? Is it possible to volunteer?

A. If residents are interested in volunteering for the event, please contact Kelly Bell, Master Recycler Coordinator at kelly.bell@co.lane.or.us or call 541-682-2059.