City of Binghamton, New York

Mayor David Reminds Residents Not To Put Plastic Bags In Curbside Recycling Bins

8/12/2019

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David on Monday reminded residents that single-use plastic bags are not permitted in curbside recycling.

“City sanitation crews will not collect recycling from bins that contain plastic bags, which create problems for recycling facilities and have to be processed separately,” said Mayor Richard C. David. “To remind residents of this policy, sanitation workers will start placing bright stickers on recycling bins that have plastic bags inside.”

Single-use plastic bags, including those from grocery stores and other retailers, can clog the equipment that recycling facilities use to sort collected materials. This slows the recycling process and can damage the facilities’ machinery.

City sanitation crews will begin leaving bright green “Warning of Violation” stickers on recycling bins containing plastic bags. The stickers, similar to those City sanitation crews place on TVs and other items that cannot be collected curbside, explain the City policy on plastic bags and provide a phone number for residents to call with questions.

Most local grocery stores accept plastic bags for recycling, including Price Chopper on Glenwood Avenue, all three Weis Markets locations in the City (Robinson Street, Conklin Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue) and Wegmans in Johnson City.

Earlier this year, New York State lawmakers passed a statewide ban on most single-use plastic bags. The ban, aimed at reducing pollution, will prohibit most retailers from providing plastic bags to customers. It goes into effect March 1, 2020. 

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