New recycling effort in Flint for water bottles - WNEM TV 5

New recycling effort in Flint for water bottles

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) -

Officials have announced new recycling efforts in Flint in response to the heavy use of bottled water and filters because of lead-contaminated tap water.

The new steps were announced Thursday at a fire station that's doubling as a water distribution site.

Matt Flechter, a recycling specialist with the state of Michigan, says residents are concerned about the impact of bottles on the environment.

National Guard members at the fire station handed out water and plastic bags that residents can use for bottles that don't fit into curbside bins. Residents also can use the bags for recycling if they don't have a bin.

Flint used the Flint River for 18 months but didn't add corrosion control to the water. As a result, lead has leached from old pipes.

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