Wednesday, July 25, 2012

What do I do with glass?

As I empty the last glass of wine from a bottle of chardonnay, I realize just how heavy the empty is. I also noted that the two recent articles in the Express covering the county's deliberations and subsequent decision to remove glass from the recycle pickup studiously avoided the obvious elephant-in-the-room question: What should people do with their empty glass containers? The only alternative proposed was that people haul their own glass to Ohio Gulch!

Now common sense would tell you that most people are not going to separate their plastic, paper and cans for curbside pickup, and then drive to Ohio Gulch to dispose of their glass. They are of course going to put the glass in their trash can. Does this make sense? I thought the most expensive disposal was for garbage, since it has to be trucked to the Milner landfill. I'm pretty sure that I can fit my few bottles into my current-size trash can so it won't cost me more, but the weight may now be double.

There seems to be a disconnect here.

Tom Swenson


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