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News Release

Glass Bin Contamination

Department: Solid Waste
Release Date: Dec 14, 2012

Contact Information:

Stephen Gillette, Director, 498-5762, sgillette@larimer.org

The glass bottles and jars recycling program utilizing drop-off bins at locations in Fort Collins, Loveland, and at the Larimer County Landfill has been in effect for a little over four years.

This program was designed to assure that Larimer County residents’ recycling efforts would result in a quality product being sent to the manufacturer. By keeping glass bottles and jars out of commingled recycling carts and bins and taking it to a drop-off location instead has resulted in more usable glass reaching its recycling destination, the Rocky Mountain Bottling Company in Wheat Ridge where they are made into new beer bottles for Coors Brewing.  
 
Unfortunately occasionally other items find their way into the bins. These items are considered contaminants and can greatly affect the quality of the glass being recycled. Recently a large amount of tempered glass shelving was placed in the bin at the Landfill. Some of it became broken and became intermingled with the other glass in the bin. While it was thought that the entire load of glass would need to be taken to the Landfill for disposal, a Loveland Solid Waste employee very carefully removed the shelves and swept out the broken pieces. Otherwise, all the glass bottles and jars placed in the bin by conscientious recyclers would have been buried and wasted.
 
“Recycling Right” is not just a catch phrase; it is an important aspect of the entire recycling program here in Larimer County. Placing contaminants in the drop-off bins or in curbside carts increases the cost of recycling as well as reducing the quality of the other recyclables. Recycling information is available on the County’s website (www.larimer.org/solidwaste); Fort Collins (www.fcgov.com/recycling) or Loveland (www.ci.loveland.co.us)

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