Lane County extends registration for community collectors for ongoing plastic recycling program to October 31

Lane County extends registration for community collectors for ongoing plastic recycling program to October 31
Posted on 09/10/2019

The Lane County Waste Management Division will extend registration for residents interested in community-based plastics recycling to October 31.


“Based on the number of registrations we’ve seen since July, we know there’s interest in this issue,” said Waste Reduction Specialist Angie Marzano. “We’ve seen tremendous success collecting clean, properly sorted #2, #4, and #5s. The new ongoing program allows residents, churches, businesses to become trained advocates and educators for their own communities, which is impactful because residents hear the information from a trusted friend, employer or neighbor. This is community building at its finest.”


Previously registered community collectors will need to re-register. New community collectors are required to attend a training to learn how to sort and prepare materials, and discuss frequently encountered questions, such as how to remove labels. Interested community collectors can register online.


Once registered and trained, community collectors will be able to schedule drop-offs at the Glenwood Transfer Station starting in late September. Each community collector must have a minimum of two cubic yards of plastics in order to schedule a drop-off (about the size of a washer and dryer set). Larger quantities of materials are encouraged.


Collected plastics must be clean (adhesive labels removed) and sorted in the following material categories: #2 bottles & jugs; #2 tubs & lids; #4 bottles, tubs & lids; and #5 bottles, tubs & lids. 


More information about plastics collection can be found at Residents are encouraged to talk with friends and businesses, post to Facebook and Nextdoor, and inquire with your nearest community center or farmer’s market to find a registered community collector in your area.


Lane County encourages residents to continue to reduce, reuse and recycle whenever possible, and be sure to recycle right by following guidance from their county, city or garbage company. If in doubt about whether it is recyclable, find out by visiting, or leave it out. The online directory provides information on how to recycle or dispose of items in Lane County.