A city council in Wellington, New Zealand, has apologized to city residents for letting them believe the city had been recycling plastic bags.
Plastic bags featured on Wellington City Council's website as a "recyclable material" until Tuesday, when the council removed them from the site after inquiries by a local media outlet.
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A statement was released shortly afterwards, apologising for the confusion the council had caused by specifying on its website, and on wheelie bin stickers, that plastic bags could be recycled.
"This was due to the fact that plastic bags were previously stockpiled as our contractor searched, unsuccessfully, for a viable market to dispose of them cost effectively," the statement said.