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The second annual PlanetCon recycling event returns to Cornelius on Saturday, June 23.

        A popular Hillsboro recycling event is returning to the area this weekend, but at a new location in Cornelius.

The second annual PlanetCon recycling event returns to western Washington County on Saturday, June 23.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., recyclers at St. Alexander Catholic Church in Cornelius will take Styrofoam, polystyrene, plastic and a handful of other recycleable materials off people's hands.

St. Alexander Catholic Church is located at 170 N. 10th Ave., in Cornelius.

In January, organizers launched the recycling event, drawing hundreds of people eager to shed their post-Christmas Styrofoam and polystyrene. The inaugural event collected more than 1,000 pounds of recyclable plastics.

The event is hosted by Westside Master Recyclers, a group for graduates of Washington County's Master Recycler program.

Although a common site in packaging, polystyrene, also known as Styrofoam, isn't accepted in most curbside recycling programs and Hillsboro's Far West Recycling plant has stopped accepting the materials after its buyer, the Chinese government, announced last year it wouldn't be buying American polystyrene.

This, event spokeswoman Cecelia Warner said, has made it difficult for environmentally conscious Oregonians to recycle their unwanted goods.

"It's especially hard now that polystyrene is no longer accepted by Far West Recycling," Warner said in a press release. "What about stretchy plastic bags? Far West Recycling isn't taking them either so where can they go to be recycled?"

China has long been the world's leading buyer of polystyrene, often using it in its manufacturing, but after the Chinese government announced last year it would stop buying the product due to health concerns, many recycling companies were left with no place to send their collected plastics.

The recycling event will also accept small appliances, household batteries, car tires, small electronics, computers and computer components. Participants are encouraged to tour the PlanetCon "Repair Fair", which teaches residents about recycling and sustainable living.

The recycling event is also accepting donations of school and school/art supplies for needy families.

For a complete list of accepted items visit the group's website, westsiderecyclers.weebly.com.


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