The Roseburg transfer station will no longer accept corrugated cardboard for recycling.
The transfer station is operated by the Douglas County government, which cites an excessive amount of contaminants in the cardboard being turned in by county residents as the reason for the suspension.
According to a press release issued Wednesday afternoon, county workers have been spending between four and six hours per day sorting and removing soiled or wet cardboard, food, diapers, tobacco products, mail and other debris from the cardboard bin.
“Douglas County does not have a sorting facility or a budget for the increased workload required to clean up the cardboard in order for it to be accepted by our recycling vendor. Therefore, they are forced to suspend cardboard recycling until a cleaner and more cost-effective solution can be found,” the press release said.
Corrugated cardboard had been one of a small number of recyclable types to survive an overall suspension of most recycling at county transfer stations. Only the Roseburg station had been accepting the cardboard.
Governments across the West Coast have suspended many recycling efforts due in part to China’s refusal to continue accepting often-contaminated recyclables.
The Douglas County Landfill and its transfer stations continue to accept tin, aluminum, oil, batteries and yard and wood debris for recycling. Some waste disposal companies are accepting additional recyclable items.