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County takes green measures

"Young people are much more open to change so when you work with young people whose habits or ways of thinking aren't fully developed, it's much easier to get a behavior change happening in young people than in folks that are a little further down the road in life," said Logue.

Other plans to encourage recycling are in the works, too.

"Some of the things we have on our programs here would be teacher trainings around recycling and waste reduction, looking at a green initiative program in schools, which is a way to look at the operation of schools and offices greener as well," said Logue.

Other program initiatives include raising awareness for America Recycles Day, which is actually a monthlong event that occurs each November. The Extension also is looking into working with farmers who are interested in recycling plastics used in their agricultural practices.

"We're very pleased to have the opportunity to work with the Department of Economic Development and the County," said Logue.

The grant process took three years to complete, and since Schenectady County wants to continue the program, officials have already started working on the grant process again.

"Schenectady County keeps getting greener," said Susan E. Savage, chairwoman of the Schenectady County Legislature in a written statement. "This grant will help Schenectady County inform our residents about the importance of recycling and is another proactive step Schenectady County is taking to find ways to reduce our carbon footprint and protect our environment." ""

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