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Re: [greenyes] Abandoning glass recycling?


Doesn¹t DE have a bottle bill? Obviously, glass getting thrown away would be
a departure from a standard curbside program configuration, but, to tell the
truth, it seems like it really is a problem for program efficiencies in many


on 11/3/04 11:34 AM, Alan Muller at amuller@no.address wrote:

> A group working on a curbside program for Delaware has proposed a two
> stream system in which residents would separate their wastes into
> recyclables, and non-recyclables to be landfilled. Part of the proposal is
> to have the users put the glass into the non-recyclables.
> Several reasons (or excuses) are offered for this, including:
> (1) broken glass will contaminate the paper stream and reduce prices gotten
> for it;
> (2) recycling glass isn't profitable unless it's separated by color;
> (3) the tonnage is relatively small and decreasing (as plastic containers
> take over) and glass is OK to landfill as a stable material.
> I would much appreciate some comment on this.
> Regards,
> Alan Muller
> Alan Muller, Executive Director
> Green Delaware
> Box 69
> Port Penn, DE 19731 USA
> (302)834-3466
> fax (302)836-3005
> greendel@no.address

David Biddle, Executive Director

P.O. Box 4037
Philadelphia, PA 19118
215-432-8225 (mobile)


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