South Bend making changes in waste pick-up to be greener

The question, "paper or plastic" has been answered, in terms of waste pick-up in the city of South Bend.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg, along with the Department of Solid Waste, is asking folks to change the way they get rid of yard waste.

They now want residents to use paper instead of plastic bags in order to save money and promote greener options for the city. Last year, plastic bags made up 25 percent of all yard waste.

The Mayor says this change will help prevent them from having to spend time and money separating the plastic from the waste.

“It's a totally unnecessary expense,” says Mayor Pete Buttigieg. “We are paying that expense right now and it's a great example of a savings for tax payers that we can realize today just by changing our habits in this one small way."

You can buy the paper bags at most major shopping centers, and the city will be providing the first bags for free.

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