Plastic recycling, except Longview, to end in Cowlitz Co.

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KELSO, Wash. (KOIN) — On Nov. 1, all plastics recycling in Cowlitz County, aside from the city of Longview, will end, due to recycling regulations overseas in China. Now the rest of the county’s cities and towns, including Kelso, a few miles away from Longview, will have to adjust. 

Steve Taylor with the city of Kelso says it could be some time before there is an alternative option. 

“Either some type of alternative markets will open up domestically over the next one-to-four years or we we will see the oversea markets realign and open back up,” Taylor said. 

For now, residents will have to start throwing their plastics in regular garage bins, a huge disappointment to those who want to do good and dispose of plastic recyclables properly.

Waste Control, the haulers in Kelso, alerted their customers to the news. Residents in Longview, however, will still be able to use Waste Control.

The community development coordinator in Longview released this statement regarding recyclables. 

“The good news for Longview is this does not affect our curbside recycling program. Today, the collected material, which includes some non-recyclables, are baled and placed in containers and shipped to various markets, either locally here in the Pacific Northwest or overseas.  Presently, our bales are accepted at an Asian market, which includes our plastic material.”

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