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Flint's Next Issue: What to Do With Empty Water Bottles?

The temporary solution to the lead-tainted water emergency in Flint, Michigan — using only bottled water — is creating yet another dilemma for a city already in the throes of a major environmental disaster.

"We have this influx of plastic coming into our community," said Kris Thiel, vice president of Young's Environmental Cleanup, a private hazardous waste hauling company that has donated four large recycling receptacles to Flint. In less than 24 hours, one of the bins filled up with a whopping 680 pounds of empty water bottles, Thiel told NBC News.

The bins are filling up faster than the city can empty them — especially since only a sliver of residents are signed up for curbside recycling, according to Michigan Public Radio.

Continue reading at NBC News

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