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RE: [greenyes] alternative uses for glass

In Minnesota, a lot of this glass is being used in landfill operations.
The MRF's here are required to meet an 85% recovery rate (to be exempt
from solid waste management taxes) - meaning 15% of the stuff going in a
MRF can be residual - trash. 

This shocker is that the glass is being counted as "recovered" not
recycled - so my understanding is that even if they use it as a landfill
cover they can count it in the 85%. It is a sham. 

We surveyed our residents and asked them if they considered glass used
in landfill operations as "recycled" An overwhelming 95% said they did

This was a major reason (along with increased program costs) that we
rejected the idea of single stream recycling... where most of the glass
is not recycled. 

Susan Hubbard
Eureka Recycling
 -----Original Message-----
From: Pat Franklin [mailto:pfranklin@no.address] 
Sent: Thursday, February 20, 2003 8:35 PM
To: Heidi Swets; greenyes listserve
Subject: RE: [greenyes] alternative uses for glass

I've received quite a few emails from folks who say the glass they
in their curbside program and/or in dropoff programs is NOT being used
make new containers.

My question to those of you out there who are involved in collecting or
processing glass bottles that are recycled through deposit systems in 10
states is this.....what is happening to those glass bottles?  Are they,
being relegated to the landfill?  My understanding is that bottle bill
materials, including glass, is of a high quality -- no contamination and
the most part is color sorted.

Can anyone out there on greenyes speak to this issue? Thanks!

Patricia Franklin
Executive Director
Container Recycling Institute
1911 N. Fort Myer Drive, Ste. 702
Arlington, VA 22209

TEL:   703.276.9800
FAX:   703.276.9587
EMAIL: pfranklin@no.address

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