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    SIUSLAW NEWS | WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2018 | 3A
G ENERAL N EWS
Habitat welcomes next
family home Sunday
In Honor of Jose
Florence Habi-
tat for Humanity
is pleased to an-
nounce the com-
pletion of another
Habitat Home. As
a result, a Florence
family will have
a home of their
The Cobbs Family
own, with an af-
Office and ReStore, and partici-
fordable mortgage.
Volunteers have worked with pation in structured finance and
Kristy Cobbs and her family homeownership classes.
The Florence community is
to paint refresh and repair the
three-bedroom home on Nopal invited to attend the dedication
ceremony and celebration on
Street.
Habitat Homeownership fol- Sunday, July 22, at 1 p.m. at 1348
lows an extensive selection pro- Nopal St.
For more information, visit
cess, “sweat equity” hours at the
site and/or hours in the Habitat www.florencehabitat.org.
The best kept secret in
Florence, also has the
best view of the Bay and
Siuslaw River in town.
PHOTOS BY MARK BRENNAN/SIUSLAW NEWS
Florence residents gathered at the East Woahink Day Use Area
Sunday with family members of Jose Dela Mora, a Florence teen
who drowned at the lake in June 2015. On Sunday, a special life
jacket loaner station, located at the lake's edge, was dedicated
in Dela Mora's memory with a special plaque. Dela Mora would
have graduated from Siuslaw High School in June 2016.
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Precious Plastics provides first plastic answer
In response to recent chang-
es in local recycling practices,
a group of concerned citizens
have joined in the effort to es-
tablish a small-scale plastics re-
cycling center here in Florence.
Please welcome Precious Plas-
tics Florence.
Earlier this year, the an-
nouncement was made by
Central Coast Disposal that
the majority of plastic waste
previously allowed for pick-up
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cling bins would no longer be
accepted, nor would people be
able to drop many plastics off
at the County Transfer Station.
When looking into alternatives,
none were identified, and many
area residents were dismayed to
learn that our plastic waste had
not been processed here in the
U.S., but was shipped to China
for recycling and subsequent
manufacture into other prod-
ucts — often sold right back to
us. This, apparently, had been
the procedure for the entire Pa-
cific Northwest, but China has
decided that this is no longer
profitable for them and ceased
the practice.
Some people have responded
by stock-piling plastic waste in
their garages, hoping for a solu-
tion to materialize. Others are
depositing it into their garbage
cans, destined for the landfill
— as residents have been di-
rected to do. Many have exam-
ined their purchasing habits,
attempting to minimize items in
plastic packaging. However, this
can be quite challenging, as so
much of what we buy is encased
in plastic — often multiple lay-
ers.
However, inspiration was
found in a YouTube video por-
traying a young man in the
Netherlands, who demonstrates
a design for a small plastics re-
cycling facility that can be as-
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sembled for under $10,000,
with a minimum of technical
expertise (www.youtube.com/
watch?v=I7UiXCBnTE4). The
blueprints and instructions for
creating such a facility are avail-
able at no cost. Indeed, these
home-grown recycling units are
being established all over the
world — though not so much in
the U.S. at present.
Initially an off-shoot of ac-
tivist group Florence ORganiz-
es (FOR), a plastic alternative
group has been meeting for
several months. It has secured
sponsorship from New Choices
Oregon, an organization that as-
sists in creating new non-prof-
it corporations by providing
funds and guidance to projects
that will benefit the community.
As such, Precious Plastics Flor-
ence (PPF) is now an established
501(c)(3) corporation, and is
currently seeking support from
the community.
Its mission statement is: “To
reduce the amount of plastic
entering the Florence waste sys-
tem and environment through
reduction, re-use, repurposing,
and transformation of plastic
waste.”
In addition to obtaining
501(c)(3) status, the group has
identified an available shipping
container to house the project,
assembled a machine to grind
plastic items into small, usable
pieces, established an online
presence, and garnered the
support of Florence Mayor Joe
Henry — who has generously
donated the first $100 to the ef-
fort. There is also a viable pledge
for matching donations up to
$5,000.
The group’s next big challenge
is to locate a site for the facility.
Although there is a strong
motive to care for our envi-
ronment, PPF also represents
a unique opportunity for busi-
ness, as well. Clearly, profit
could be realized in the manu-
facture of new plastic products,
but in creating a grass-roots
plastic recycling center, and
demonstrating the process, this
endeavor has potential as an
eco-tourism destination. Why
not, when Florence is already a
favored vacation destination for
many?
PPF will have a booth at the
Power of Florence this Saturday
to provide information to the
public and generate support.
Please join us on July 21 be-
tween 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the
Grocery Outlet parking lot.
For more information, visit
PPF’s website at: www.ppflor-
ence.org or email info@ppflor-
enceorg. There is also informa-
tion regarding the project on
FOR’s Facebook page.
Donations may be mailed to
Precious Plastics Florence, 2006
Hwy. 101, Box #319, Florence,
OR 97439.
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