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.