Recycling is about more than plastics, but we have a major plastics problem. Due to China’s crackdown on contaminated recycling, our plastics are going straight into our landfills and our environment. The plastics in our oceans are a global catastrophe. It’s up to us to make sure we do everything we can to reduce our impact.
Lane County is home to a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) manufacturer that builds MRFs all over the world. Lane County should purchase its own MRF to handle our region’s plastics and reduce our overall reliance on China. Not only will this be good to stop sending our plastics to the landfill, it can also help create local jobs and industry.