Jun 2022 21.recyling.php Display Codetitle:New Plastic Recycling Guidelines
From Jefferson County Department of Public Works,
Modified by PLVC Utilities Committee
Beginning June 1, bottles and jugs will be the only types of plastic accepted for recycling in Jefferson County.
Why are we changing what plastics we take? In short, the dairy tubs, plant pots, and buckets are being sent overseas where we have no way of knowing their fate. Most likely, they are not being handled in an environ- mentally responsible way in a third-world country. In 2015, we were assured that these plastics had a sustainable market, so we made the switch. Now we know there is no market for these plastics, so we are going back to the bottles and jugs we accepted from 1992 to 2015.
We also hope that taking only plastic bottles and jugs will simplify what is recyclable in the plastics-and-cans bin. Contamination is a big problem. Our plastic-contamination rate in the county has been very high since we made the change in 2015. Plastics that have never been recyclable in our system continue to be put in bins by citizens.
Plastic bottles and jugs: Examples are bottles that contain beverages like water and juice, shampoo and body-lotion bottles, jugs that contain dish soap or laundry detergent. Make sure your bottles and jugs are clean and empty, so they don’t contaminate all the good ones. Please remove the cap as it can be a hazard to workers when the plastic is compacted into a bale for shipment. Caps can go in the trash.
Do not put plastic bottles that have contained hazardous materials like motor oil, antifreeze, or weed killer in the recycling. These must go in the trash. If these containers still have material in them, take them to the Hazardous Waste Collection facility at Boat Haven in Port Townsend. Recyclables don’t have to be dishwasher clean. Empty them out, give them a quick rinse, shake off the water and you are good to go.
Plastic lids are often of a mixed-resin grade that is not recyclable. Flat lids of any type can fall between rollers and other equipment components and damage the machinery. These go in the trash.
Plastic bags should not be recycled with plastic containers because the bags damage the bottle-sorting machinery when they get wrapped up in the rollers. Plastic bags and other film products (bread bags, zip lock bags, dry-cleaner bags, bubble wrap, etc.) can be recycled via receptacles at QFC, Safeway, and the Food Co-op.
For more information on the new recycling guidelines, see jeffersoncountysolidwaste.com.
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