A new law taking effect October 1st bans plastic bottles from landfills as a way to encourage recycling and reduce the amount of trash in the ground.
Chris Frazier with the Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance says state regulators won't rummage through people's trash. Some local government sanitation departments have said though they won't pick up trash that contains the plastic bottles until they are separated.
State officials say the new law is not about penalizing people who don't recycle plastic bottles, but say it's time to keep things that can be recycled out of landfills.
Pitt county's recycling coordinator says they can recycle plastic with the numbers one and two on the bottom.