Monroe County residents are now able to place plastic products labeled 1-7 in their recycling bins for curbside recycling and recovery. Residents can now recycle drinking cups, yogurt containers and take-out containers, just to name a few. If the bottom of an item is marked with any number between 1 and 7, and is surrounded by the “recycle” logo, it is safe to go to the curb. Residents can now recycle metal cookware and foilware.
NYS Plastic Bag Reduction New York State’s Plastic Bag Reduction, Reuse and Recycling Act Effective January 1, 2009, a new statewide law requires certain retail and grocery stores to set up a plastic carry out bag recycling program for their customers. Stores with 10,000 square feet or more of retail space and chains which operate five or more stores with greater than 5,000 square feet of retail space, and which provide plastic carry out bags to customers, are required to comply with the law. Why Recycle Plastic Bags? Each year, Americans throw away more than 100 billion plastic bags. Less than 1% are recycled. Recycling these bags reduces waste and litter, resulting in cleaner streets and waterways and less material in landfills. Recycling also protects wildlife because plastic bags can be dangerous to animals that ingest them or are strangled by them. In addition, using recycled plastic bags in place of virgin plastics reduces our demand for oil. Recycled plastic bags provide valuable material to manufacturers of plastic lumber, plastic bags and other useful products. Avoiding the Use of Plastic Bags Helps Even More
Brooks Launches Innovative Ecopark Website Expanding upon Monroe County’s commitment to protecting the local environment, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks announced the official launch of the ecopark website, the latest project in parallel development with the ecopark. The ecopark will be a one-of-a-kind facility scheduled to be fully operational on September 21, 2011, and will be a one-stop-drop for difficult to dispose of recyclables. “The ecopark website serves as a valuable resource that answers residents’ most important recycling questions,” said Brooks. “This unique website is the direct result of the strong partnership between Waste Management of New York and the County’s very own Department of Environmental Services, and further enhances our efforts in sustaining our local environment for future generations.” The ecopark website, which can be accessed at www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark, contains many convenient links containing information about recycling, reuse and the proper disposal of unwanted residential waste. The “ecopark prospector”, a useful navigation tool found on the right-hand side of the homepage, offers alternative local vendor options if the ecopark is unable to accept certain household items. MyMonroe. Opening Up Government. | Monroe County, NY
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