PORTLAND, ORE. - Rigid plastic-container recycling is up in Oregon. The state's Department of Environmental Quality reported preliminary results of a survey that predicted a 33.3 percent recycling rate in 1996, up from 31.9 percent in 1995. A plastics recycling law, adopted in 1991, set a goal of 25 percent recycling by 1995. The law requires rigid plastic containers - including pop bottles, cups, tubs, pails, trays with sidewalls and clamshells - to meet certain content criteria.
The DEQ said much of the success is attributable to the growing number of Oregon cities and towns offering plastic collection. Thirteen new programs began in 1995. More than 40 now are operating in the state.
Pat Vernon, the DEQ solid waste program manager, praised the plastics industry, saying it ``deserves a lot of credit for making plastics recycling work.''