Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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. Registered “Community Collectors” will be able to make an prescheduled “early bird” drop-off in advance of the event in April.

Q. What plastic material is being accepted?

A. Resin type #2, #4 and #5 (Polyethylene and Polypropylene) tubs, jugs, bottles, lids and beverage handles. Items must be CLEAN. Material 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 and plastics other than #2, #4, and #5 will be not be accepted. All items must have a stamped resin code and glued-on labels must be removed.

 

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, 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. Individuals, businesses, church groups, and neighborhood associations can sign up here. Lane County staff will contact you to schedule a time and date to deliver resources, conduct training and arrange a prescheduled “early bird” drop off date in advance of the event in April.

 

Q. Does Lane County provide resources for community collectors?

A. Yes! Lane County will provide two sizes of polywoven collection sacks – small (39” x 22” x 25”) and large (40” x 46” x 42”), pdf signs, instructions for material preparation 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, as long as there are processors who are able to use the materials collected.

 

Q. How should I collect my material?

A. Start collecting clean and washed #2, #4 and #5 (Polyethylene and Polypropylene) tubs, jugs, bottles, lids and beverage handles CLEAN and free of debris. Material 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 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 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 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. 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.