On August 1st we will be providing a convenient, local drop-off collection point for numbers 2, 4, and 5 plastic containers and lids. The Spencer Creek Growers Market will have collection bins marked for these three categories of plastic that are being accepted for recycling. More info regarding these periodic plastics recycling events can be found on the Lane County Community Plastics Collection page. Articles on organizing community plastics collection events have also been published by KLCC and the Register Guard.
We will also be providing a collection bin for PakTech Handles, the now-commonplace contraption for holding six pack aluminum cans together. These 6 pack handles are not accepted by Lane County plastics recycling program but are instead collected by PakTech, a Eugene-based company that manufactures these 100% Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) HDPE handles. As their website says… Since 2012, PakTech has repurposed 398 million milk jugs into handles which has kept 46 million lbs. of plastic out of landfills and oceans and saved 18 acres of land from being used as landfills for waste. Second life PakTech handles are also 100% recyclable. When PakTech handles are recycled, they often see a third life as composite lumber, flower pots, park benches, new PakTech handles and more!