We are unable to accept glass in the recycle stream as it contaminates the recyclable materials.
No More Glass
1. Glass is fragile
Certain types of glass (like Pyrex and window glass) aren’t recyclable, so when glass breaks prior to being sorted at the MRF, it often must be discarded to ensure there is no contamination with potentially incompatible types of glass. Recycled mixed broken glass can find applications in some industries, such as insulation and water filtration, but because all the different types of glass are blended together, the quality is low and can’t be used for more in-demand applications such as beverage bottle production.
2. Glass is heavy
Weight is an issue because it increases transportation costs and emissions. This is compounded by the fact that there are very few glass recycling centers around the country. The result is long, costly trips transporting glass from MRF to recycler.
In addition to the material characteristics that are working against glass being recycled, single-stream recycling is also making glass more expensive to recycle.