- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Officials in Maine’s largest city hope new trash containers will cut down on the number of used needles found in parks, but the program is getting off to a slow start.

WMTW-TV reports that new boxes for sharp items like needles are attached to Big Belly solar trash cans at Peppermint, Harbor View and Deering Oaks parks.

City workers collect used needles left inside once a week. But WMTW reported Tuesday that only one needle was collected in the first two weeks.

The city, like the rest of Maine, is dealing with an epidemic of heroin use. City officials said more publicity could help increase the use of the boxes.

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Information from: WMTW-TV, https://www.wmtw.com

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