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Delaware Plastic Bag Recycling Law Signed by Governor

Posted on Mon, 08/31/2009 - 12:03

"Gov. Markell signed a new law on Aug. 17 that will promote recycling plastic bags in stores across the state.  The law, which goes into effect Dec. 1, requires all stores with at least 7,000 square feet of retail space or at least three Delaware locations to create an at-store recycling program for plastic bags.  Stores are also required to provide reusable bags for purchase and include a message encouraging customers to recycle their plastic bags. Restaurants are exempt.  'By encouraging Delawareans to recycle now, we can reduce pollution, preserve our natural resources and set an example for future generations,' Markell said.

Delaware is the third state to pass a mandatory plastic bag recycling program, behind California and New York."

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