New law for yard waste bags delayed

HOUSTON A new law begins January 1 that requires city residents to put their lawn clippings and leaves in biodegradable bags. The new bags feel like plastic, but since they are made of starch, they decompose within months, compared to centuries for the plastic bags.

The new bags cost more, about 70 cents a bag compared to 25 cents for each of the old bags. The city says the higher costs will eventually lead to taxpayer savings, as less landfill space is used.

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