The City of Shelton, in partnership with Mason County and SC Johnson, a manufacturer of household consumer brands, is now collecting plastic film as part of our residential curbside recycling program.
Through this curbside pilot program, residents can recycle clean and dry plastic bags, plastic storage bags such as Ziploc® brand bags, dry cleaning bags, and other flexible plastic film by placing it in ‘Plastic Film Only’ recycling carts.
Residents along two routes chosen by the City are eligible to participate and were notified earlier this month about the program. The first collection is happening on Wednesday and will cover residents who opt-in along Route 3-16R (Parsley Sage, Springfield Loop, and Christmas Village). The other route, Route 1-16R (Mt. View), will have its first collection on Wednesday, May 11. Monthly collections will follow on route-specific schedules for the duration of the six-month program.
Eligible residents who want to participate must call Waste Connections at 360-426-8729. After they opt-in to the program, which has no added cost to residents, they will receive a ‘Plastic Film Only’ recycling cart.
“We’re excited to get this program going and give residents an opportunity to reduce waste by recycling plastic film,” said Shelton Mayor Eric Onisko.
Mason County Commissioner Kevin Shutty added, “Thank you to SC Johnson for helping us to launch this new service and expand our recycling efforts.”
This is the third curbside plastic film collection program to launch in Washington. Prior to Shelton, Point Roberts and Friday Harbor partnered with SC Johnson on similar programs, which are all part of a larger effort by SC Johnson to reduce plastic waste. Collectively, the programs have stopped more than 6,000 pounds of plastic film from ending up in local landfills.
"Capturing plastic film so that it can be recycled is one of the most important things communities can do to protect their local environment," said Alan VanderMolen, Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer at SC Johnson. "We are proud to partner with Shelton on this effort to expand plastic waste recovery options and make recycling more convenient. We hope other communities adopt similar programs because we know it can successfully be done."
For more information about Shelton's program – including additional instructions on how to participate, accepted vs. not accepted materials, and route-specific calendars with pick-up dates for the duration of the program – please visit this link. You may also contact Mary Ricker, Communications Specialist, by phone at 360-432-5114 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.