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Twice-yearly recycling event to collect Styrofoam and other plastics for re-use.

PMG FILE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - PlanetCon has become one of the few ways local residents can recycle unwanted Styrofoam.For those perplexed about recycling plastics, help is coming as PlanetCon returns to Hillsboro on June 1.

Sponsored by the Westside Master Recyclers, PlanetCon travels around western Washington County several times each year holding recycling events.

This summer's event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 1 at Century High School, 2000 S.E. Century Blvd., in Hillsboro.

The recycling event specializes in removal of Styrofoam and other polystyrene, which used to be recyclable locally. But Far West Recycling in Hillsboro is no longer accepting the material after the Chinese government stopped buying American recycling materials.

PlatnetCon will accept the following items for recycling: Polystyrene, including so-called "foam" polystyrene, and other plastics such as CD jewel cases, stretchy plastic bags, plastic film, bubble wrap, deflated packing pillows, plastic threaded bottle caps and plastic lids from tubs or buckets. The plastic lids must have a plastic resin code of either 2, 4, 5 or 6, organizers said.

The group is also collecting small household appliances, electronics and household batteries for recycling.

Attendees are asked to sort the items before the event. Attendees can also bring unwanted household items to swap. It is not necessary to bring items to the swap in order to participate and there is no limit to how much you can take home with you, organizers said.

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