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Will Westchester Co. Expand Recycling Program?

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Recycled Plastic Bottles - File / Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Recycled Plastic Bottles – File / Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) If you live in Westchester County, there may be more bottles and containers you’ll be tossing into the recycling bin.

The Westchester County Board is looking into the possibility of expanding the plastics that it now recycles to include plastics labeled through seven. WCBS 880 Reporter Catherine Cioffi says currently the county recycles plastics labeled numbers one and two.

This would mean that in addition to water or soda bottles and detergent or milk containers, items like yogurt cups, foam packaging and mixed plastics, among others, would become required recyclables.

“Fast food containers, plastic toys,” said Westchester County Legislator Peter Harckham.

Not only will the recycling help the planet, Harkum says the county ends up saving money.

“So, there’s a charge by ton for waste. So, if you take those plastics out of the waste stream, not only is there no charge, but the revenue goes back to the waste management district,” said Harckham.

The expansion still has to be voted on.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Westchester’s recycling program

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