Douglas disposal companies prepare for upcoming recycling changes

Though the county will be ending their recycling services, several companies will continue to recycle locally.

Posted: May 31, 2018 5:54 PM
Updated: May 31, 2018 5:59 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Recycling comes to an end in Douglas County on June 1, and officials aren’t sure when or if it will come back.

This comes after sanctions from China drove up prices for taking recycling to Portland.

READ MORE: DOUGLAS COUNTY ENDS RECYCLING SERVICES

Roseburg Disposal will continue their current curbside pick-up operations through the month of June.

But on July 1, that will change.

At that time, they will begin to only accept corrugated cardboard, rinsed out aluminum and tin cans, as well as glass bottles and jars.

They will also still accept used motor oil.

Roseburg Disposal General Manager Dori John said they had to decide between continuing recycling the way it currently is and charging customers more or taking the more economical approach.

“Or, we could choose the items that we believe and are confident that we can recycle locally and not have to then increase our prices," John said. "And know confidently that they are going to be recycled.”

Because of these changes, they asking their customers to be mindful and not be wishful recyclers.

“Wishful recyclers put something out thinking, maybe they’ll take it and there will be something they can do with it, because I really, really want to recycle it. But, unfortunately, we can’t accept that. We need people to really monitor what they’re doing, and stick to the items that can be recycled.”

If you aren't a Roseburg Disposal customer, you should contact your disposal company to find out if they're changing their recycling services.

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