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Carroll County towns remind residents plastic bags don't go in recycling bins

Carroll County towns remind residents plastic bags don't go in recycling bins
DYLAN SLAGLE/STAFF PHOTO Danny Leister Jr. helps unload recycling bins off a truck at Area Refuse Wednesday morning, Sept 22, 2010. (Dylan Slagle / Carroll County Times)

The Town of Hampstead announced Tuesday it will no longer be accepting plastic bags in recycling bins after Hughes Trash Removal notified them the county no longer accepts them.

The mandate went into effect across the county last year, but Carroll County Recycling Manager Maria Myers said people are still putting them in recycling bins across Carroll.

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“For a while we did accept bags, but we stopped doing that over a year ago,” Myers told the Times Tuesday. “Bags get tangled up into the machinery and they have to shut it down.

“We are still trying to reach people to tell them this is contaminating our program,” she said. “We are still seeing a lot of bags coming through.”

The Hampstead notice was posted to its Facebook page around 11 a.m. on Feb. 26.

“Beginning this week, recycling will not be taken if it contains plastic bags,” it states. “Please make sure your recycling does not contain this item.”

It reminded residents plastic bags are accepted at local grocery stores for recycling.

The Town of Manchester posted the same notice on Monday afternoon:

“I don’t think it’s very difficult,” Myers said. “If you just stick to what’s on the list and don't put any plastic bags into the bin, you should be fine.”

More information on what items are allowed in recycling bins throughout the county can be found on the Carroll County recycling website, ccgovernment.carr.org/ccg/recycling, and the Hughes Trash Removal website: www.hughestrashremoval.com/recycling.html.

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