|Recycling & Sustainability
Contamination increase in single-stream systems creates troubles for glass recycling
Baton Rouge, La., is considering moving away from glass recycling as a money-saving measure. GPI President Lynn Bragg said demand for recycled glass remains high, but the trend toward single-stream collection processes has raised costs for processors who must sort through garbage. "On average, U.S. glass container manufacturing companies purchase about 2.4 million tons of recycled glass annually, which is re-melted with sand, soda ash and limestone to make new bottles and jars," she said. The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)
N.M. city recycles 205 tons of glass despite single-stream restrictions
Las Cruces, N.M., started a glass recycling program last April and has collected more than 205 tons of glass, even though residents were not able to put glass in their single-stream bins or city drop-off locations. The South Central Solid Waste Authority Recycling Yard pulverizes the glass into cullet, which is available for free to the public to use for landscaping or other projects. Las Cruces Sun-News (N.M.)
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