2018-07-12 / Front Page

County No Longer Accepting Glass For Recycling

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Fulton County’s single-stream recycling centers will no longer accept glass. Retiring recycling coordinator Greg Reineke is open for ideas to make up for the loss. Fulton County’s single-stream recycling centers will no longer accept glass. Retiring recycling coordinator Greg Reineke is open for ideas to make up for the loss. Apple Valley Recycling, the Hagerstown recycling company that handles Fulton County’s recycling needs, will no longer take glass at its materials recycling facility.

According to retiring county recycling coordinator Greg Reineke, the single-stream recycling system Apple Valley uses is not adequate to handle glass. The fragile material often breaks and mixes in with other materials. This makes glass very difficult to sort and even hazardous to workers who sift through the recycled materials.

Because of this, Apple Valley Recycling moves the glass to a landfill.

“In order for something to be recycled, there must be a market for it and it must be economically viable for the processor to sort the material. The glass also contaminates other materials (like paper and cardboard), it’s abrasive and very hard on the recyclables separation equipment. It can pose a hazard to workers, it’s difficult to sort, and it’s heavy, which makes it difficult and expensive to transport,” Reineke stated in an email.

“Because of all of this, glass has become a material that has negative value for Apple Valley Recycling. Given that all single-stream recycling material in Fulton County goes to Apple Valley Recycling in Hagerstown, we need to stop putting glass in the recycling bins.”

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