ALBANY, N.Y. -- A new effort to go green was announced Thursday in Albany County.
County Executive Dan McCoy made the announcement after he signed legislation to ban styrofoam at certain businesses within the county. Stores with more than 15 locations can no longer use styrofoam beginning January 1.
McCoy also announced three new campaigns. The first campaign will address the landfill issue by appointing a commission to find a long term plan to get rid of waste in an environmentally friendly way. Second, there will be a renewed focus on property and open space conservation and historic preservation. Lastly, McCoy wants to establish a new county public service agency. It would be made up of residents who develop a plan to improve recycling in the county.
According to McCoy, protecting the environment needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.
"We need to do more. It's one of the initiatives when I became county executive. That's why I cleaned up the dry cleaning business on Washington Ave, it was an eyesore for ten years and it contaminated the ground. And I go we really need to make steps today to secure the future for tomorrow," said McCoy.
McCoy added he wants to implement a county-wide ban on styrofoam within the next three years applying to all stores in the county.