Answers to My Glass Recycling Questions

After my last post about the fact that I can’t put glass in my curbside recycling bin here in Alabama I felt like I still needed more information, so  I wrote an email to the local solid waste authority.  It wasn’t an angry email, I just wanted to know a few things:

1) Why isn’t glass accepted curbside for recycling?
2)  Are there any plans to add it?
3)  Is there anywhere I can drop off my recycling?

The irony of writing this was not lost on me.  In my last job, I would’ve been one of the people that answered such an email.   But I digress.

I was pleasantly surprised to receive an email back less than 24 hours later with all three of my questions answered.  What I found out was:

1)  Glass isn’t accepted curbside because of safety issues (which I don’t really buy), contamination issues (fair enough) and economics (as I suspected).

2)  No plans to add glass to curbside recycling.  In fact, it hasn’t been recycled curbside here since the mid 90’s.  Bummer.

3)  There is a glass recycling drop-off available 24/7; however, it’s 30 minutes away and not in an area I regularly travel to.   I’m a pretty committed recycler, but I don’t know if I’m that committed.

With that, I felt I was at the end of my quest for information on glass recycling.   Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Minnesota anymore.


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