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Recycling Regulations Begin Next Week In W-B

March 28, 2018

WILKES-BARRE — The city won’t begin enforcement of certain recycling regulations until next week, and it has no free recycling bins to distribute, Mayor Tony George’s assistant said Tuesday. George’s office announced last week that recyclables put out in plastic bags or mixed with non-recyclables would not be collected, and noted that open-top bins must be used. The city regularly receives requests for free city recycling bins, but the city does not have any more containers available, Tyler Ryan, the mayor’s administrative assistant, said Tuesday. “The last batch, received through a grant, were distributed in 2008. … Residents can use a recycling container that best fits their needs. These are available at home improvement stores,” Ryan said in an email. And although the city “constantly” searches for recycling and other grants, they are offered only sporadically, she said. The city issued the notice because some residents have been mixing garbage with recyclables, and therefore, the recyclables were not taken from curbside. Mixing the two greatly hinders the recycling process. Due to the increase in garbage mixed with recyclables, the city will no longer accept recyclables contained in bags of any color (clear, white, black, etc.). Ryan said recyclables will still be collected from cardboard boxes and paper bags through the end of the week. But beginning April 2, the open-top recycling container requirement will be enforced. — STEVE MOCARSKY

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