Green Neighbors Program

The Clark County Green Neighbors Program was developed and is maintained by Clark County Solid Waste and Environmental Outreach to assist citizens with developing more sustainable lifestyles and building a strong environmental community in Clark County. Solid waste regional planning and programs are a cooperative effort of Battle Ground, Camas, Clark County, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver, Washougal, and Yacolt. Funding for this project provided by a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology.

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Name that Garbage: Plastics

garbage-question
 Can you guess the material based off the description? The following are NOT recyclable in Clark County curbside collections:   
  1. I'm light and stretchy and oh so convenient. I'll crowd out your closet or drift away on the wind. What am I?
  2. You'll find me most commonly in the produce section of the store though I could be lurking around every aisle. Some have given me a name from the sea, but I can hold a variety of things. What am I?
  3. We're flat and small and love to slip into the paper at the sorting facility. What are we?
  4. We'll provide you with a full meal in a crunch or a just a quick pick-up if you're thirsty.

Answers

  1. Plastic bags and films (not recyclable curbside, but can be collected at designated grocery stores such as Safeway, Albertsons and Fred Meyer - see locations here ).
  2. Plastic clamshell or hinged takeout food containers
  3. Loose lids or flat plastic trays
  4. Plastic to-go cups, straws, and cutlery

In Clark County, you can recycle plastic bottles, jugs, and tubs in your curbside recycling. Plastic bottle caps can be left on plastic bottles and jugs that are empty, clean and dry. Loose plastic caps go in the garbage.

Many of these non-recyclable materials can be avoided or prevented with reusable materials such as cloth shopping bags, reusable cups and durable tableware, or purchasing produce without packaging. Got questions? We have the answers at RecyclingA-Z.com, or download the Recycle Right App today!

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