Methow Recycles and WasteWise Break the Plastics Barrier
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Posted by: Lindsay Kittleson
Methow Recycles and WasteWise Break the
Plastics Barrier!Methow Recycles
, a non-profit organization, dedicated to inspiring & facilitating resource conservation and WasteWise Methow
, a commercial recycling and garbage collection company, are excited to announce another local recycling breakthrough.
Successful collaboration between the Methow Recycles and WasteWise continues to deliver increasing recycling opportunities for all in the valley. In 2013 WasteWise took the bold step of launching a commingled recycling collection service. As a result, WasteWise customers can recycle all plastics, as well as waxy cartons for the first time ever. For subscribers to WasteWise's curbside recycling service it’s as easy as putting these additional items in the bin for pickup. Now self-haul recyclers who bring their own recycling to Methow Recycles in Twisp, are encouraged to participate in this opportunity to recycle more by purchasing WasteWise BlueBags for plastics numbered 3-7, lettuce boxes, and coated milk, juice, and soup cartons.
“The most frequently heard question from Methow Recycles’ customers is, ‘why can’t I recycle my yogurt tubs lettuce boxes, and milk cartons?’,” says Susan Ernsdorff, Plant Manager for Methow Recycles.
A WasteWise BlueBag may be purchased for $5.00 at BlueStar Coffee Roasters, Hank’s Harvest Foods, Methow Cycle and Sport, the Mazama Store, or Methow Recycles. Filled with all of these new recyclables customers may then leave their bag in the specially marked BlueBag receptacle hosted at these locations. The five dollar purchase price pays for the collection by WasteWise, handling by Methow Recycles, and sorting by Waste Management in Spokane. Success of the system is dependent upon the purchase of the bags. Self-haulers are encouraged to continue sorting their #1 and #2 plastic bottles with their other materials brought to the Recycling Center in Twisp.
“Dedicated local recycler Mike Real gets the credit for the idea,” says Methow Recycles Executive Director, Betsy Cushman. “It has never been affordable for us to include these in our sorted bales, but our relationship with WasteWise has helped us create an exciting opportunity for the community. We ship bales of commingled recycling collected by WasteWise to a Waste Management sorting facility in Spokane that accepts these other materials.”
“The keys to successfully expanding the range of recyclable commodities are first to ensure there is a market, and second to figure out ways to make collection and processing economically feasible,” says Cushman. “Paid collection services such as curbside and BlueBags accomplish the latter, our relationship with Waste Management accomplishes the former. The two go hand-in-hand.”
“WasteWise is pleased to offer increased access for all residential and commercial recycling collection customers,” says co-owner Casey Bouchard. He adds, “Our successful BlueBag system provides a great alternative for self-haulers.”