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New state trash law to have an impact here

January 10, 2011

    A new Indiana law making it illegal to discard televisions, computers and certain other electronics for regular trash pickups will have an effect on Decatur's twice-annual heavy trash pickups.
    Referring to an article published in the Daily Democrat on Tuesday, Councilman Charlie Cook asked at this week's city council meeting if there would be an effect felt here.
    "There sure will be," Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert replied.
    Gilbert said he would be discussing the situation with Hank Mayer, the county's solid waste district supervisor. Mayor John Schultz said the city has some time to develop a plan since the first heavy-trash pickup isn't scheduled until April.
    Indianapolis Department of Public Works spokeswoman Molly Deuberry said the banned electronics often contain mercury and other hazardous materials that can cause serious pollution concerns if they enter the environment.
    The new law went into effect January 1.

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