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Companies cited for recyclables in the trash

A five-fold increase in state inspections has revealed that more than 80 companies and institutions in Massachusetts improperly disposed of a substantial amount of recyclable material on at least one occasion during the past year.

The Department of Environmental Protection issued 101 citations to entities such as stores, restaurants, and waste haulers. They were generally cited when a single material banned from the trash — such as cardboard, wood, or construction material — made up 20 percent or more of a load inspected at a transfer station, landfill, or incineration facility. In one case, a large appliance triggered a violation.

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