We foretold this.
Well, maybe not so much “foretold” as casually brought it up randomly at one point last year.
In a post last August about our love/hate relationship with our big blue recycling bins, I noted, if I may quote myself…
…glass is already a questionable recyclable commodity. It has little value to recyclers and a lot of it gets broken in transit. Mixed with other recyclables, broken glass leads to contamination of other items and makes them um, un-recyclable.
Then, right on cue, at the beginning of year some metro Atlanta communities stopped accepting glass recycling.
Decatur Asst. City Manager David Junger told the AJC around that time that the city would continue to accept glass in our one-stop-shop bins, but the writing seemed to be on the wall. At the time, Mr. Junger noted the city was looking at every possibility for the most unwanted member of the recycling family. We summarized the options thusly…
- Stop recycling glass (and send it to the landfill)
- Have Latham collect glass separately
- Have the city collect glass separately
- Set up drop off locations in the city for glass recycling
Now the chickens are coming home to roost. (Man…a lot of metaphors in this post.)
Decaturish reports that “Pratt Industries of Conyers, Ga. has informed the city that effective June 1 it will no longer accept recycling materials that contain glass.” The city has a few months to decide what to do.
So what should we do?
According to Mr. Junger, every option will cost more – including taking it to the landfill. Are you up for separating glass and recycling it at the curb? Do you want to make separate trips to recycling locations around the city to dispose of your empties? Do you just want to chuck it all in your Decatur-bespeckled trash bags?
The city wants your feedback.