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Connecticut state agency launches recycling program for plastic bags and wraps

PKBR Staff Writer Published 22 February 2017

The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) agency has launched recycling program for plastic bags and wraps.

The state agency of Connecticut has started a new campaign to increase recycling of plastic bags and wraps, as one of the surveys showed that large number of people in the state does not know where and what to be recycled.

According to state officials, the plastic bags and wraps could not be placed in curbside recycling bins, as the plastic film will create major problems with machinery at the recycling facility.

Instead, the can be brought back to around 200 local grocery and retail stores in the state, said officials.

Grocers and retailers will take plastic bags such as grocery bags, newspaper bags, produce bags, bread bags, dry cleaning bags and zipper bags for recycling.

In addition, they will accept plastic wraps from water bottle cases, diapers, bathroom tissue, paper towels, bubble wrap and shipping pillows for recycling.

DEEP commissioner Rob Klee has started campaign at Price Chopper retail store in Middletown, which takes plastic bags and wraps for recycling in storefront bins.

Klee said: “When plastic bags or wraps are put in curbside bins, it makes recycling more difficult, time consuming, and expensive, which winds up costing all of us more money.

“Recycling plastic bags and wraps at participating retailers diverts materials from the landfill and creates useful new products. This supports the state goal of diverting 60 percent of our trash from the waste steam by 2024.”