In 2021, the Town of Friday Harbor and SC Johnson Company launched a one-year pilot study to offer curbside collection and recycling of plastic film to Friday Harbor residents. Overall, the study was a success! The data offered SC Johnson Company insight on ways to put recyclable materials (not accepted in the “blue bin”) back into the economy where they have the most benefit.

The Town and Lautenbach Recycling have now partnered to continue with the Plastic Film Recycling Program because of the overwhelming support shown by Friday Harbor residents this past year.

“This program aligns with the Town’s eco-minded values,” said Mayor Jackson. “It’s an easy way for Town residents to help Friday Harbor stay litter free, keep our local waters clean and wildlife healthy and remove these harmful materials from landfills, all the while reducing the volume of your own household trash can.”

Meanwhile, the Town and Lautenbach will look for ways to expand the program. Recent suggestions include providing drop-off locations or expanding the program to include multi-family residential or commercial accounts.

“If these plastics can be recycled and repurposed into new products, there’s less problematic waste headed to the landfill and more conservation of limited resources,” said Troy Lautenbach. “We appreciate the leadership from the Town and our other recycling partners in providing Friday Harbor residents with an alternative for plastic bags and film.”