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[greenyes] The big picture on glass
Dear recyclers,

GLASS is a problem. Glass is heavy. Glass markets are more and more just a second use as opposed to closed loop. Glass is inert in the landfill. Glass, in single stream programs, contaminates other materials.

It's no wonder many recycling collection operations are considering removing it from the recycling stream. And why not? People occasionally put rocks & dirt in the garbage. Is glass different?

Let's look at the big picture. If we have to make a choice between recycling organics or recycling glass, I say spend the money on backyard composting promotional programs, or curbside chipping & collection.

I'm a dedicated recycler, so I want to recycle as much as possible. But just because we've recycled glass in the past doesn't mean we have to continue, especially when faced with tough financial choices. Is glass recycling lower priority than other materials? I put the question to you.

Andy Telfer
Executive Director, Coast Waste Management Association
FALL CONFERENCE October 22-24 Victoria, BC, Canada
PO Box 85, Qualicum Beach, BC, V9K 1S7, CANADA
tel 250-752-8293 fax 250-752-4487

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