Don’t throw away that plastic wrapper that encases your rolls of toilet paper — it has a future as Trex composite lumber.
It doesn’t go in your blue recycling cart, though, because plastic wrappers clog up the machines at the regional recycling plant.
Now, there’s another option.
Starting Saturday, all 12 Safeway stores in Clark County will begin accepting clean, dry plastic polyethylene wrappers (also called “film”) and bags as part of a pilot program called “Beyond Bags — Recycling Plastic Wrap and Film.” In addition to packaging film, polyethylene plastic is used to make disposable grocery bags, bread bags, dry cleaning bags, plastic envelopes and newspaper bags.
The “Beyond Bags” program is a partnership between the city of Vancouver, Waste Connections, Clark County and its cities, Safeway, Trex and the Wrap Recycling Action Program, which is headed by the American Chemistry Council’s Flexible Film Recycling Group.
The public is invited to bring their plastic bags, wrap and questions to the “Beyond Bags” launch event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Cascade Park Safeway, 13719 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. There will be refreshments and giveaways. The syndicated “Weekend Warrior” radio program (KPAM 860) featuring Parr Lumber representatives will broadcast from the event, talking about recycling and interviewing local officials and national experts.