Besides these bags, you can also recycle other film plastics in these bins. Film plastics are stretchable plastics, so things like bubble wrap, the air pillows your Amazon packages come with or the plastic toilet paper comes in are all examples. (WBNG) — Now that New York’s plastic bag ban is in effect, many of you have reached out to 12 News asking what you should do with the bags you already have. Broome County officials say many of the major retailers that once provided them, such as Wegmans, Kohl’s and Target, have bins out front where you can recycle them. You can technically use these bags as reusable bags, but officials say recycling is the best option because the bags won’t end up as litter in our streets or in our waterways. In addition, officials say cutting down on food waste, such as only buying the exact amount of produce you need, is a great way to be a little greener.
Click here to see why one business owner said despite getting the green light to open on Monday, it is a more complicated process for his facility. (WBNG) — Here are the top stories from this morning including information about an early-morning fire in Damascus, updates on a shooting from Saturday and more. Click here for more information about the home destroyed in an early-morning fire in Damascus. Click here for an update on Saturday’s shooting in Vestal.
The district says the pause is to allow time and consideration for state aid and clear guidance during the pandemic. District Superintendent Robert Benson says the situation will be reevaluated in December. He added that the school is facing a 20 percent reduction in state aid. SHERBURNE, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Sherburne-Earlville Central School District has suspended all sports and extracurricular activities until December. Benson says the district will follow the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s decision to play a condensed-seasons schedule if the pandemic conditions become favorable. The NYSPHSAA’s condensed schedule begins Jan. 4. 2021 with winter sports, March 1, 2021 with fall sports season 2, and April 19, 2021 with spring sports.
If the county is removed from the cluster zone entirely, table size at restaurants could increase and schools would no longer be required to do mandated testing. However, if the area is moved into the orange zone, places of worship would be limited to 25 people, mass gatherings would be limited to 10, and high-risk, non-essential businesses such as gyms and personal care would be forced to close. Broome County has three possibilities: remain in the yellow zone, move up into the orange zone, or have all restrictions removed. “The numbers that we’ve been seeing over the past 4-5 weeks are concerning numbers,” Garnar told 12 News Friday. “For the first six or seven months of this pandemic, Broome County saw a positivity rate that was hovering right around one or under one, and so it’s really been in the past month we’ve gone over that.” Garnar said the yellow zone’s seven-day rolling positivity rate is 5%, and the county’s overall positivity rate is roughly 3.5%. According to metrics released by the state, this could mean the county moves into the orange cluster zone. However, Garnar said positivity rate isn’t the only factor the state weighs in making its decision; he added Broome County has other factors in its favor such as the rapid testing site and how the virus is currently spreading. (WBNG) — Broome County Executive Jason Garnar told 12 News Friday he expects the state to make a decision on the county’s yellow zone status sometime next week. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) previously announced he would make a decision by Friday, November 6. Earlier this week, Gov. Cuomo moved a portion of Orange County from the red zone to the orange zone.