Local Glass Recycling Returns Sept. 29

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY News:

Starting Sept. 29, residents will once again be able to recycle glass in Los Alamos County through the new drop-off program. 

Yellow dumpsters will be placed at the two recycling convenience centers; Sullivan field across from Los Alamos High School and Overlook Park in White Rock for the collection of glass bottles and jars of all colors. 

Glass bottles and jars will also be accepted at the Los Alamos County Eco Station. 

In order to ensure a successful program, please adhere to these glass recycling requirements:

  • The program is limited to glass bottles and jars of any color; please remove and discard lids/corks.

  •  No glass drink ware, glass plates, window glass, picture frame glass, or any other type of glass is accepted.

  • Do not toss bagged glass into the yellow collection dumpsters (if you line your yellow bin with plastic bags, please just empty the bag into the yellow collection dumpsters.)

  • Do not place glass in your blue curb-side recycling bin.

  • Do not place your yellow bin curb-side as it will not be collected.

  • Please note that any item besides glass that gets in the yellow dumpsters is contamination and will negatively affect the effectiveness of the program. 

The County is offering free yellow glass recycling collection containers (18-gallon) for use in homes. Containers are available for pickup today at the Eco Station, 3701 E. Jemez Road 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

Bins will be utilized to transport glass to the recycling drop off locations. Quantities are limited so stop by today to pick up a yellow collection container. 

The glass collected through the drop-off program will be pulverized at the Eco Station to create 3/8th inch glass pebbles (cullet) with round edges that will be available free of charge to residents for use in their landscaping or other projects. 

The County also will utilize the product for landfill cap maintenance and other projects. By utilizing the finished product locally, the County is able to eliminate the high transportation costs associated with glass recycling. 

The glass drop-off recycling program is another initiative focused on creating a more sustainable Los Alamos County.  By valuing glass as a resource, the County can keep glass out of the waste stream and provide a valuable end product for use by the community. 

To learn more about the County’s sustainability program, visit, www.losalamosnm.us/getgreen.

Direct questions about the County’s new glass recycling program to Tom Nagawiecki at 505-662-8383 or tom.nagawiecki@lacnm.us.

 

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