Plastics, Benjamin? Not in Somerville, not now. On Jan. 14, the city announced that residents could no longer put recyclables in plastic shopping bags, because the recycling plant can't handle them.
Some residents used them anyway to store extra bottles and cans. Employees simply shook the contents out of the bags, which can tangle up the machines.
"When the stuff was making money, they were willing to look the other way," said David Lutes, director of the city's Office of Sustainability and Environment.
Now it's simply not worth the trouble.