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Waste Time With Patty
I just discovered that glass is being landfilled at the transfer station. Isn’t it better to recycle it?
Signed – Glass Watcher
I guess that depends on a number of factors. Glass is 100 percent recyclable. It can be recycled endlessly without any loss in purity or quality. Most recycling programs are set up to process container glass, like beverage bottles or condiment jars. This class meets certain regulations to be certified safe for food. Because glass recycling uses a heat-intensive melting process, the different chemical compositions and tempering found in non-container glass can vary.
Glass manufacturers require high-quality recycled container glass to meet market demands for new glass containers. Cullet, or recycled glass, is always part of the recipe, which also includes sand, soda ash and limestone. The more cullet that is used, the greater the reduction in energy use. This lowers manufacturing costs – and benefits the environment. Raw materials are conserved, and less energy demand reduces CO2 emissions and extends furnace life.
Putting in a color of glass that is not accepted, or treated glass, such as windows and mirrors, leads to contamination issues that reduces the value of the entire batch. It is extremely time consuming to sort glass and prepare glass cullet at the local transfer station, and to make matters worse, the market for the glass is low and the cost to transport it to a recycler is high.
Also, because this inert material is currently being used to fill a gully, all kinds of glass can be accepted to included colored glass, drinking glasses and dishes, ceramics, windows, mirrors etc., which otherwise would go into the hopper and cost taxpayers much more to dispose of it.
Eventually the gully will be filled and the Northern Oxford Regional Solid Waste Board will need to re-evaluate glass recycling.
Is there a certain way we need to recycle cans? Do the labels need to be removed? Do they need to be crushed? Can we mix steel cans with aluminum?
Signed – Canned
Recycling cans is easy. Just open them, empty them, and rinse them. That’s all there is to it. They can be mixed with aluminum, but please don’t mix them with other recyclables such as paper, plastic and glass.
Do you have a question about waste and recycling? Feel free to contact Patty at 364-7408 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.