According to sponsors, residents brought in 60,000 pounds of plastics during the event last year. Sponsors said this number represents a 37.9% increase since 2008 when 43,500 pounds were recycled.
The Plastic Round-Up is co-sponsored by the Jackson County Recycling Partnership, the Jackson County Master Recyclers, Jackson County SMARTWorks, Recology Ashland Sanitary Service and Rogue Disposal & Recycling. “We have to truck it out of the area and then they process everything. There’s a lot of hand sorting that has to be done. It’s a real labor intensive process to recycle this plastic, so we’re lucky we have the opportunity to do it,” said Denise Barnes, an event participant.