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New York County Considers Clear Trash Bags to Increase Recycling Efforts

In an effort to keep more recyclables out of the landfills, St. Lawrence County, N.Y., legislators will consider approving a law that will require residents to put all trash in clear bags. This law will allow waste haulers to easily check trash bags for recyclable materials before they are sent off to the landfills.

Both the Village of Massena and Lewis County have approved the law and have seen an increase in recycling since the law went into effect.

A decision about the clear-bag law will be made later this year.

NCNow News has the details:

St. Lawrence County residents may soon be required to put all trash in clear bags. County legislators will be asked later this year to approve the measure as part of updated waste disposal local laws designed to keep more recyclables out of landfills.

“It takes up space, so why put it in landfills when we can get some re-use,” St. Lawrence County Recycling Coordinator and Operations Manager Larry Legault said.

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