TROY, Ala. (AP) - A new law designed to encourage more recycling in Alabama took effect Oct. 1.
The state environmental agency celebrated the new law Friday by taking several elected officials on a tour of a plastics recycling plant in Troy.
The director of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Trey Glenn, says increasing recycling opportunities will lead to a cleaner Alabama.
The new law levies a $1 per ton fee on waste disposed at landfills in Alabama.
The fee is supposed to generate more than $7 million annually.
It will be used to clean up illegal dumps on private property, inspect legal landfills and expand recycling programs to reduce the waste going to landfills.