Materials that are thrown "away" in Florence are transported to the Short Mountain Landfill just south of Eugene on I-5. The landfill receives about 1000 tons of garbage a day and is projected to be filled to capacity by 2050.
Half of the waste that is landfilled in Oregon each year comes from the commercial sector. As consumers, we generate about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year - about 4.5 pounds per person, per day.
If we continue this pattern, we will have each created 90,000 pounds of trash in our lifetimes. (Environmental Protection Agency, "Resource Conservation Challenge: Reducing Waste and Recovering Energy," EPA 530-F-02-033, 2002.) For the entire world to live as an American or Canadian, we would need two more earths to satisfy everyone, three more still if population should double and 12 earths altogether if worldwide standards of living should double during the next 40 years. (Natural Capitalism; Paul Hawken, Amory and L. Hunter; Lovin Little Brown & Co.; September 1999)
As Lane County residents and global citizens, there are many reasons and incentives (such as the Oregon Business Energy Tax Credit) to participate in waste reduction strategies that make more efficient use of resources. These strategies include reducing, reusing and recycling and they are identified in order of their effectiveness in the National Solid Waste Management Hierarchy.
Consider the effects of paper waste and the potential for waste reduction:
* 100 million trees are ground up each year to produce junk mail.
* Recycling a 6 foot stack of newspapers saves one 35 foot tree.
* Producing paper from recycled waste uses 50% less water and 60% less energy.
* For every one ton of paper recycled, 500 lbs of air pollutants are not emitted
* Newspaper recycled in Lane County in 1997 created 12 collection jobs, 17 processing jobs, and 31 manufacturing jobs.
In Florence, it's easy to take part in waste reduction efforts.
* A group of trained volunteer Master Recyclers is available to help you identify ways you can increase your product use efficiency! Contact the Community Development Department for details.
* The City has developed a Compost Demonstration Site in partnership with Florence Food Share, 2190 Spruce St. Literature, workshops and in-action compost bins are at the Site for you to learn how to compost at home.
* Recycling service for glass, metal, paper, plastic, oil, and lead acid batteries is available curbside for residential customers. Your garbage hauler will pick up these materials along with your regular service. Recyclable materials no longer need to be sorted, you can co-mingle them, with the exception of glass and motor oil which must be set aside. Recycling facilities are also maintained at the Florence Transfer and Recycling Station
All brown, clear & green glass containers are accepted. Rinse containers and discard tops, labels are okay. Not accepted are broken glass, window glass, light bulbs, ceramics or dishware. Reuse dishware and ceramics by donating them to charitable organizations. Recycle fluorescent light bulbs as hazardous waste.
Aluminum trays, tin cans, empty aerosols cans are accepted. Rinse, remove labels, and flatten. Aerosol cans must be punctured. Not accepted are pressurized canisters.
Newspaper, newspaper inserts, computer paper, white & colored paper, junk mail, magazines, envelopes (plastic windows okay), catalogs, cereal and shoe boxes, paper egg cartons, wrapping paper and cardboard are all accepted. Aseptic Cartons (milk cartons and juice boxes) are acceptable if rinsed and plastics are removed. Cardboard should be broken down and flattened. Not accepted are wax boxes, plastics, paper plates or tissue paper. No glitter, foil, or non-paper items.
All plastic bottles, tubs and trays except #6 are accepted. Rinse, flatten and discard all lids. Not accepted are block foam, plastic bags, packing peanuts, Tupperware or Rubbermaid items. Donate clean packing materials to packing and mailing stores, and Tupperware & Rubbermaid items to charitable organizations.
Fred Meyer, Safeway and the Florence Transfer Station accept plastic shopping bags for recycling. Look for recycling receptacle upon entering the buildings.
Hazardous Waste Car batteries, transmission fluid and oil are accepted at the Florence Transfer Station. Other hazardous waste materials can be recycled in one of two ways; by taking items either to a HHW event held at a predetermined time and location in Florence, or by appointment to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Glenwood (541-682-4120). Materials accepted are: aerosol cans, antifreeze, brake fluid, degreasers, engine cleaners, fluorescent tubes, furniture stripper, herbicides, kerosene gas, lab sets, lighter fluid, mercury, motor oil, paints/paint thinner, pesticides, pool chemicals, rose dust, rust remover, sharps containers, slug bait, solvents, spot remover, mercury thermometers, thermostats, transmission fluid, turpentine, weed killers, wood preservers. Empty aerosol cans may be left curbside for recycling. Latex paint can be mixed with kitty litter and disposed of in the garbage. Paint cans either empty or with dried paint can be put into your garbage for regular pick-up.
Lane County Waste Management now offers electronic recycling collection at the Glenwood Central Receiving Station, 3100 E. 17th Avenue, Eugene 97403, by appointment only; call 541-682-3111 to set one up. Collection hours for residents are Fridays from 12pm-4pm and the fourth Saturday of the month from 8am to 12pm. All phone related materials, fax machines, computer peripherals (mice, speakers, keyboards, scanners and printers), stereos, DVD players, VCRs and video game components are accepted at no charge. Television sets, computers, computer monitors and copy machines are accepted for a small fee dependent on their size.
Rechargeable batteries are found in cellular and cordless telephones, laptop computers, cordless power tools, camcorders, battery powered toys and many other household appliances. Materials recovered from rechargeable batteries are used to make new batteries and stainless steel products. Florence participates in the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Program (RBRC). It is a non-profit, public service organization providing opportunities for communities and businesses to recycle their rechargeable batteries. RBRC collection containers are at City Hall and Radio Shack.
What to Do with Everything Else
Visit BRING Recycling's website or visit their facility for great ideas on how to reduce, reuse and recycle unwanted products.
Central Coast Disposal
Florence, OR 97439
County Transfer & Recycling
85040 Highway 101
Florence, OR 97439
Local Recycling and Recovery:
Lane County Florence Transfer and Recycling Station
2820 Rhododendron Drive
Hours - Monday thru Saturday 8-6
Community Development Department:
City of Florence
250 Highway 101