Weather Forecast


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.