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Foil-lined pet food bags can't be recycled

We would like to know whether there is a local recycle company that accepts animal feed bags? We are interested in recycling the paper/foil bags that most dog and cat foods come in and the plastic woven feed bags that most pig, cow, horse and lamb feeds come in. Seems to us the majority of households have some type of pet.

— The Allens, via email

Dear good stewards, we've found several places that will accept the woven plastic feed bags, but despite our best efforts we have not found any local agency that will accept the foil-lined paper bags.

It may be time for you to switch to puppy chow with more environmentally friendly packaging.

Made of two different materials, the paper/foil bag — the "mutt," if you will — can not be sorted and processed, said Denise Barnes, recycling coordinator for Rogue Disposal & Recycling.

The plastic feed bags can't be put in your commingle recycling bin, but they are accepted at the annual Jackson County Plastic Roundup, Barnes said, adding that the next roundup will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 5-6, at The Expo, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point.

At this time, the Grange Co-op, your local feed source, accepts and recycles polyplastic bird seed bags, according to Norm Rush, the Central Point branch manager. The Co-op is looking for ways to recycle its signature Rogue feed bags, but at this time does not take them.

Paige Prewett, Jackson County SMARTWorks director, turned us on to two other companies that want your animals' plastic feed bags: Allied Environmental Services in White City and Southern Oregon Aspire in Grants Pass.

You can pick up either a small plastic sack, which holds up to 50 pounds of plastic, or a large polypropylene sack, which holds up to 2,500 pounds, at Allied, 8266 13th St., White City. Fill the sack with your feed bags and give it back.

Aspire asks that you bring a couple of your feed bags — the paper-foil and/or plastic ones — to them, and they'll check to see whether any of their buyers will take them, explained Carl Goodard, assistant recycling manager.

"We don't want anything to go in the landfill, so if something is iffy, we would like to take a look at it and see if it's something we can sell or if there is someone out there who wants that material," he said.

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