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L.A. County beaches going green with recycling bins

October 9, 2009 |  6:30 am

Crews are placing 32 recycling containers on Los Angeles County beaches in an ongoing effort to keep aluminum cans, glass and bottles out of the ocean. The bins were purchased with a grant from the California Department of Conservation.

The new beach recycling program went into effect this week.

Here's more from the Argonaut:

Approximately 60 million people visit Los Angeles County beaches annually and until now, there has not been a widespread recycling program encouraging visitors to recycle beverage containers instead of placing them in the trash or leaving them behind, county officials said.

Last year Californians recycled more than 16.1 billion beverage containers, an increase of more than 1.4 billion containers compared to 2007. California continues to lead the nation in total quantity of cans and bottles recycled. It is estimated that implementation of the recycling program will divert 20 percent of beach trash from local landfills, county officials said.

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