The Latest Scoop on Plastic Recycling
The Chinese New Year, traditionally the slowest time of the year for plastic recycling markets, has come and gone and, as promised, it is time to revisit the situation of "beyond the curb" plastic recycling in the metro area.
Plastic Roundups Continues to be Postponed
Unfortunately, Master Recycler Plastic Roundups will not be scheduled anytime in the near future. Agri-plas Inc., who recycled our plastics, further downsized this winter and will not have the capacity to sell the 20 tons that usually accumulates at a roundup. Master Recyclers will revisit the possibility of an event in the fall, but we cannot confirm at this time whether that will happen.
But There Are Local Depot Options
Far West Fibers collects just about every rigid plastic except PVC vinyl. They also accept "film" that is easy to stretch and poke a hole through (think grocery or produce bag).
Far West Fibers - seven locations
· 6440 SE Alexander, Hillsboro
· 10750 SW Denney Rd, Beaverton
· 4629 SE 17th Ave, Portland
· 12820 NE Marx St, Portland
· 1520 NW Quimby, Portland
· 2005 N Rosa Parks Blvd, Portland
· 341 Foothills Rd, Lake Oswego
For more information www.farwestfibers.com
New Homes for Block Foam
Some great news is that there are now two local companies viably recycling block foam. Pacific Land Clearing and Total Reclaim have both invested in the special equipment necessary to recover the material. Most of the Styrofoam will be recycled into building material.
Thank you for recycling! Oregonians recycle enough material every year to reduce greenhouse gas emissions equal to 740,000 cars. The materials your place in your curbside are still being turned into new materials.
We can continue to make a big difference.
J Lauren Norris
Master Recycler Program Coordinator
721 NW 9th Ave., Suite 350
Portland, OR 97209