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Master Recycler Ken Ball of Creswell will be staffing an outreach table in Cottage Grove later this week and wanted clarification on some of the recent changes to recycling in our area. Many of you may find this Q/A helpful.

Q) I understand that non-redeemable PLASTIC bottles tubs and jugs are no longer accepted for recycling as well as aseptic containers (milk cartons).
A) Recently Lane County Transfer stations stopped accepting milk cartons, soup boxes, and PLASTIC, including bags, for recycling. Florence and Glenwood transfer stations are now accepting HDPE Natural plastic milk jugs. See attached sign. Additional transfer stations will collect milk jugs for recycling in the near future.

Most single serving beverage containers are redeemable at stores or Bottle Drop Centers beginning January 1, 2018. See OLCC update at the end of this message. Safeway and Albertsons collect PLASTIC BAGS for recycling. Check for more places to take plastic bags.

RURAL HAULERS collect these items for recycling at the curb: paper, cardboard and metal food containers plus glass on the side if they were before. Eugene and Springfield cities and haulers haven't announced any changes to recycling but Glenwood transfer station has stopped collecting milk cartons, plastic bags and ALL other plastic with the exception of HDPE Natural milk jugs. See attached sign.

Q) Are glass hard cider bottles going to be redeemable as of January 1, 2018?
A) Glass bottles from hard cider, kombucha, cold coffee and tea are included in the Oregon redemption program beginning January 1, 2018. See OLCC update at the end of this message.

Q) Are fruit drinks, energy drinks, vitamin water, Gatorade, Powerade plastic and glass bottles and metal cans going to be redeemable as of January 1, 2018?
A) ALL the drinks in your list will be added in January. See OLCC update at the end of this message.

Q) Any other changes that I need to be aware of? I'd like to be providing the latest info.
A) Some changes to recycling are temporary but may last several months. Items will be added back as other businesses step in to take the place of China. Encourage folks to redeem beverage containers or donate them to fundraising efforts. McKenzie Track Club redeemed $750 worth of containers in the first 9 months of this year. That amount will increase next year with the addition of so many new beverage types. Springfield will be getting a Bottle Drop redemption center in the Mohawk area in 2018.

Remind folks in your circles of influence that they have other packaging options including NO PACKAGING AT ALL in many cases. Several months ago I began purchasing shampoo, conditioner and body wash from a company that packages in returnable/refillable aluminum bottles. At first I judged myself for falling for a green gimmick but since plastic recycling is becoming so precarious in our area my choice seems to be working out for me right now.

BOTTLE BILL NEWS: PORTLAND, Ore. – At its monthly meeting October 26, 2017, the Commissioners of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission approved additional clarification for the container types to be included in the 2018 Bottle Bill Expansion. Effective January 1, 2018, all beverage containers between 4 ounces and 1.5 liters have a refund value of 10 cents except distilled liquor, wine, dairy or plant-based milk, meal replacement beverages and infant formula. Water, beer, and carbonated soft drinks in containers of 3 liters or less will continue to have a refund value and most other beverages, including but not limited to tea, coffee, hard cider, fruit juice, kombucha, coconut water, as well as sports and energy drinks will be added.

KELLY'S NOTE: Plastic bottles collected through the deposit system are being recycled into new products here in Oregon.
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(541) 682-2059