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Madison aims for October to start recycling plastic bags

People in Madison might have to start recycling their plastic bags by the end of October.

The City Council voted 17-1 in June to make people drop off their shopping and other plastic bags at collection centers.

And Tuesday, the Council will be asked to approve $32,000 in funding.

Most of the money would buy 10 large collection containers to be put at various spots throughout Madison.

The remaining $5,000 would be used for promotional and educational campaigns for the new law.

There are penalties of up to $400 for those ticketed for not recycling their plastic bags more than twice in a year, but city recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said he did not expect the Street Division to issue tickets.

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