I am sure you know by now that trash haulers in our county are no longer accepting glass in the single stream recycling. Now is definitely the time to stop using the recycling carts for glass, if you haven’t already. According to the haulers, large fines are issued against them for any recycling batch in which glass is found.
It is disappointing to have lost such a great and simple option. However, glass is not harmful to the earth. It is not only a naturally occurring material, but over time it is ground back into the sand from which it is made. However, for those of us who love the idea of endless opportunities to recycle an item that never harms the environment and is safer for our food storage, there are other options available.
According to the Forsyth County Recycling Center website, glass is an acceptable recyclable if it is pre-sorted by the following colors – brown, clear and green/blue. Pre-sorted glass can be delivered to the recycling center at 351 Tolbert Street, Cumming, GA 30040.
Here are some tips for properly recycling glass:
Window glass, mirrors, and light bulb glass are not easily recycled. The expectation includes ceramics, such as planting pots and dishes. Do not include those kinds of glass products in your pre-sorted batch.
The majority of food and other contaminants are burned off during the county recycling process. However, the glass is often stored outdoors until the process begins. Food and other waste products can attract animals and create very stinky and messy situations during recycling.
The vast majority of lids and stoppers are not easily recycled and are certainly not appropriate for glass centers.