Don’t Put That In There; No Burn Yet; 126 Shutdown Announced

Re-Educating Recycling

The word came down this week that there would be no plastic in your co-mingled recycling bins.  Sarah Grimm the Waste reduction Specialist for Lane county says this was not a popular decision nor one she was happy with making, but it has been the generalization of the term that is now causing the issues.

”The word plastic, itself, makes people say ‘oh yeah, whatever it is it’s plastic’ and kind of allows peoples brains to make a shortcut and say, ‘I’ll just toss it in’”

The only thing that will be accepted in your recycling bins now is paper, newspaper, magazines and catalogs, paper egg cartons, paper bags, corrugated cardboard and aluminum foil, aluminum cans and steel cans.  Not allowed is any plastic, Styrofoam, waxed cardboard-including milk containers- and any togo food containers even if they are paper based.  For more details you can contact any of the local recycling companies or Lane County Waste Management.

Burning Season Extends Again

The fall outdoor burning season will open on Saturday, Oct. 14 for many Lane County residents. The season, originally set to start Oct. 1, was delayed until Oct. 7 and pushed back further due to continued fire danger.   The Lane County Fire Defense Board decided to postpone the opening of the season since weather conditions have been very dry. Easterly winds are predicted next week, further heightening the fire risk.

Repaving to Shut Down 126

Maintenance crews will be repairing Oregon Highway 126 at Huston Road near Veneta this Sunday, Oct. 8 beginning at 6 p.m. The grind and pave project is expected to last into the early morning. Detours will be in place for travelers to get to and from Huston Road, as the entrance to the road from OR 126 will be blocked. Single lane traffic will travel through the work zone. Access for pedestrians, including those with disabilities, is available and identified through or around the work zone