We drove down to Portland from Seattle for a couple of days, and while we were there of course I wanted to check out the recycling/composting scene. I heard about Far West Fibers from a friend of a friend, and was really intrigued that they accept plastics that aren't recyclable curbside. So we visited the drop-off site, which is at 12820 Marx St.
Residents dropping off their recyclables.
As are electronics
and shoes of all types
Next door is Far West Fibers' processing facility
This sign at the drop-off lot ...
led us here:
Examples of what Total Reclaim does and doesn't accept currently, but they'll soon have a machine that can process the #4 (LDPE) and #5 (polypropylene) blocks in addition to the machine they already have, which processes #6 (polystyrene aka Styrofoam) blocks. They also accept #6 cups, plates, trays and clamshells -- they simply sandwich them in with the blocks.
PC PLASTICS : : THE GREEN CHOICE
Your recycling bin brims with last-week 's newspapers, flattened cardboard, plastic bottles and jars -"recyclables" awaiting pick-up day. But, what about those foam inserts that protected your newly-purchased laptop? Where does the plastic from your old TV go? What to do about those " nonrecyclables ?"
The answers are distilling at a small NW company, committed to recycling and reuse. Portland-based PC Plastics takes those "nonrecyclables" and recycles them into new, high-quality, plastic for TV cabinets, seed trays, planting pots, computer cases, mailboxes and more.
PERFECT CHEMISTRY = CONSISTENCY
Much of your plastic recycling today goes unaccounted for, ending up in landfills here or overseas. Or it's being burned to create energy, all the while polluting our air. And then there's that foam that's mostly found refuge in your local landfill. PC Plastics puts your waste to work. When we take it on, we guarantee it's going to good use.
We recycle 50 tons of plastic and foam into 50 tons of new, high-quality plastic every month. That's 600 tons of plastic and foam saved from the landfills and burn piles every year. And our volumes continue to grow.
Please click on these links to learn more. Each page is worth reading.