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Alhambra : Recycling Program OKd

The solution to limited landfill space is not to ban non-biodegradable packaging materials, but to encourage recycling, the City Council has decided.

At a meeting Monday, the council agreed with a city task force that a ban on polystyrene and plastic packaging products containing ozone-damaging chlorofluorocarbons was unnecessary, said Dennis Danner, director of administrative services.

The controversial chemical is no longer used by 99% of the nation’s polystyrene manufacturers, industry officials told task force members.

Instead of banning polystyrene, the city will begin a recycling program for 1,000 homes in southeastern Alhambra, Danner said. The three-month pilot program, scheduled to begin Oct. 1, will offer residents curbside pickup of recyclable materials such as newspapers, bottles and cans, he said.

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Polystyrene and plastic packaging products such as grocery bags and fast-food storage containers, which also can be recycled, “may perhaps be part of a citywide recycling program,” Danner said.


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