Three waste haulers will repay $90,000 to customers who paid for recycling services only to have the recyclables dumped in with the rest of the trash. A fourth trash company will have to pay $10,000 to three town waste collection and education efforts. The tribe will receive $1,350 for collection services at tribal buildings in Franklin County. Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said haulers that operate in several upstate counties will have to guarantee that cans, bottles, newspapers and plastic end up in recycling bins. He began investigating the haulers after an Albany Times Union article in June 1999 showed recyclables ending up in landfills. Casella Waste Systems of Rutland, Vt., and its subsidiaries - Vets Disposal of Oneonta, Waste Stream of Ithaca - and County Waste and Recycling of Clifton Park were involved in the settlement which included the payment, a code of conduct for employees, customer education and scrutiny over the next three years. Spitzer's office will rely on customers to keep them informed of haulers' recycling practices, an official said.
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