What's the story with plastic film?

In 2021-2022, Crater Lake Spirits and The Environmental Center’s Rethink Waste Program (RWP) convened a Plastic Film Focus Group consisting of local businesses looking to divert plastic film from Knott Landfill to local recycling opportunities. 

Given that plastic film is not currently accepted for recycling curbside or for drop-off for large volumes in Deschutes County, the Focus Group decided on a partnership with Far West Recycling, a plastic film aggregator based in Portland, OR. Deschutes Brewery has taken the lead on bailing and delivery test bails to Far West Recycling. Each participating site is responsible for collecting/storing onsite and coordinating with Deschutes Brewery for local delivery. In 2022 Deschutes Brewery, Crater Lake Spirits by Bendistillery, Sunriver Brewing, Worthy Brewing, and Crux Fermentation Project piloted this procedure with test bails diverting a total of 4480 pounds via delivery to Far West Recycling.

The Environmental Center’s Rethink Waste Program will continue to provide waste reduction and recovery insights and coordinate project expansion.

Plastic film diverted from Knott Landfill

Interested in participating?

Does your company or workplace produce plastic film waste? Download the Plastic Film Collection Standard Operating Procedure to learn exactly how to set up a system that works for you!

Participating Businesses