Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions
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Q. What are the event details?
A. Sunday, April 7, 2019 at the Glenwood Central Receiving Station, located at 3100 E. 17th Avenue in Glenwood from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Over 150 "community collectors" have signed up to collect from their customers, congregations, friends and neighbors.

Q. What plastic is being accepted?
A. ONLY resin type #2, #4 and #5 (Polyethylene and Polypropylene) tubs, jugs, bottles, lids and beverage handles. Items must be CLEAN-not even adhesive labels can contaminate the plastic; must have the resin code number on it; and must be sorted into the following five material categories: #2 bottles & jugs; #2 tubs and lids, #2 beverage handles; #4 bottles, tubs & lids; #5 bottles, tubs & lids (up to 5 bags). 

Dirty plastic, plastic with glued on labels, and any plastic not stamped with a #2, #4, or #5 will NOT be accepted.
All items must have a stamped resin code and any glued-on labels must be removed--foreign plastics from safety seals should be removed as well. Do your best.

Tip: Paper and plastic labels may require soaking. The best method is to apply a generous coating of old cooking oil to the label and let it sit overnight, by morning it should be easy to remove.  Wipe away remaining oil.

Tip: What about Trays? This shape is not on our acceptable list because most of them are #1 or #6 -not accepted here. But there are a few #2, #4, or #5 trays out there. If you encounter these, you can recycle them in the appropriate numbered tub collection.

Tip:  Always check the number!  Several product bottles that have always been #2 and #5 are now showing up on grocery store shelves in a #1 bottle that looks like #2 or #5.  It is nearly impossible to tell the difference between many resin types without looking at the #. 

Q. What is a community collector?

 A. A “community collector” can be a business, church group, neighborhood association, community group that collects for multiple members. For example, businesses could collect for their employees or customers, church groups could collect for their congregation, neighborhoods could collect for multiple houses.

 

Q. How do I sign up to become a community collector?

 A. We have closed the registration for community collectors, but that does not mean others cannot collect from their community in the same way. Please use the information and flyers and resources on this website and contact us with questions.  Over 100 Individuals, businesses, church groups, and neighborhood associations have signed up and received training and resources.

 

Q. Does Lane County provide resources for community collectors?

A. Yes!  While any bag will do for collecting plastics, we have polywoven seed sacks  available.  There are downloadable/printable pdf posters, signs and instructions available on this website--use them for announcing your collection and/or for and training!

 

Q. Do I need a lot of space to be a community collector?

 A. The size of group you are collecting for will determine the amount of space required to collect and store plastic materials. For example, some businesses are storing in warehouse or parking lot space, some church groups are using congregation property, some neighborhood groups are storing in garages.

 

Q. What if I’m unable to attend? Are there plans for another event?

A. Lane County hopes to be able to offer these events once or twice a year, but we cannot guarantee it.  As long as the  plastic recycling company in Portland is willing, we will make every effort to provide this opportunity.

 

Q. How should I collect my material?
A. Set up bags labeled with the 5 categories that materials must be sorted into:
#2 bottles & jugs             #4 bottles, tubs & lids;
#2 tubs and lids              #5 bottles, tubs & lids
#2 beverage handles

Start collecting only clean and washed items stamped with a
#2, #4 or #5  CLEAN means free of foreign matter--that means adhesive labels. Paper and plastic labels that are not printed onto the plastic must be removed.

Dirty plastic or plastics other than #2, #4, and #5 will not be accepted. All material must have a stamped resin code and labels must be removed.

 

Q. What are beverage handles?

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

Q. What will happen to plastic materials once they arrive at the processor?

A. The plastic materials - if free of foreign material--will be melted into pellets 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 day of event.

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

A. The Glenwood facility will be open that day, yes. As long as you're here, it's an excellent opportunity to take advantage of the many recycling opportunities Lane County offers at the  Glenwood Central Receiving Station. For a full list of what can be recycled and disposed of at Glenwood, click here.

Q. I have additional questions that were not answered in the Q&A, where can I find more information?

A. If the answer you're looking for isn't at lanecounty.org/plasticsroundup, please feel free to email your questions to plasticsroundup@co.lane.or.us.

Q. How can I help? Is it possible to volunteer?
A. Absolutely. If you're interested in volunteering for the event, please contact Master Recycler Coordinator Kelly Bell  at kelly.bell@co.lane.or.us or call 541-682-2059.