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Glass recycling doubles from 2014 to 2015

Post Time:Apr 06,2016Classify:Industry NewsView:608

LAS CRUCES - “We continue to have only two glass recycling drop-off points in Las Cruces, but the tonnage of glass bottles and jars being dropped off has doubled from 2014 to 2015,” said Tarkeysha Burton, recycling coordinator for the South Central Solid Waste Authority.

Every month in 2014, residents dropped off eight to nine tons of glass bottles and jars; in 2015 the tonnage rose to an average 19 to 20 tons per month.

Festivals, such as the La Viña Wine Festival, the Southern New Mexico Wine Festival, and the Harvest Wine Festival bump up the glass tonnage even more. Burton explains, “Because these events generate so much glass, we place large roll-offs on site for glass only, and generally collect another four tons of glass per event.”

The result is more crushed glass available free to the community. To date, crushed glass is picked up as quickly as it can be placed in the SCSWA Recycling Center. Residents who have been disappointed to find the glass gone when they got there, or who have not been able to get the color they wanted, are invited to try again. The glass “cullet” can be picked up at the SCSWA Recycling Center, 2855 W. Amador Ave. The center is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.

The second drop-off location for glass is the recycling yard at the Old Foothills Landfill — open 24 hours a day — at 555 S. Sonoma Ranch Blvd.

“We encourage businesses — especially restaurants, wineries, and bars — to recycle their glass,” Burton said. “It benefits the community and also benefits the business by lowering the monthly cost to manage solid waste.”

Burton also reminds everyone: Labels are not a problem, but please remove bottle tops and corks, and please separate glass by color when dropping it off, so the crushed glass product offered back free to the community maintains its integrity and its true color.

Crushed glass, or “cullet," is available for landscaping

Crushed glass, or “cullet," is available for landscaping or other projects. The crushed glass, available in different colors, is free and can be picked up seven days a week at the SCSWA Recycling Yard, 2855 W. Amador Ave. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

Things to remember


  • Glass recycling is drop-off only and bottles and jars only; please do not put any kind of glass in your blue curbside bin
  • No vases or ceramics
  • No window glass or test tubes
  • No dishes, cups or Pyrex cookware
  • No light bulbs
  • These non-recyclable types of glass that can ruin the entire hopper of crushed glass.

Green Connections is submitted by the South Central Solid Waste Authority, managing recyclables, solid waste, and fighting illegal dumping for residents and businesses in the City of Las Cruces and Doña Ana County. You can reach the SCSWA at 575-528-3800 or visit www.SCSWA.net

Source: http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/2016/04Author: shangyi

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