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Posted on: December 12, 2019

Waste Pro no longer recycles glass in our community

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In South Florida, glass has no value. It now  costs more to recycle glass than to trash it. Because glass is heavy, it’s costly to transport across the state to the only markets for glass. Those locations have plenty of glass from within a 50-mile radius, so they don’t need glass from Broward County. There is only an environmental benefit to recycling glass when it has a local use. No such uses currently exist here. We hope that changes in the future. For the time being, however, please throw away all glass. In the coming months, the Town will be reaching out to residents with updated information about Recycling Right so we can reduce the amount of contamination in our curbside recycling.

Here’s a quick Overview:

Place only the following items, loose & never bagged, in the blue recycling cart(s):

  • Metal cans, aluminum or steel – empty
  • Plastic bottles only – no other plastic allowed, remove cap
  • Cardboard – flatten, no packing material
  • Miscellaneous paper – nothing with food residue, postcard sized or larger

NEVER these: NO glass, NO pizza boxes, NO Styrofoam, NO plastic cups/trays, NO shredded paper, NO hangers, NO clothes. NOTHING except items in one of the 4 categories listed above.

Again, all items should be loose, never bagged. Plastic bags are contamination, too!

Here are some clever ideas for re-purposing glass bottles.

Here is a link to an excellent Sun-Sentinel article about the current state of recycling.

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