Back in July, many recycling haulers, county governments, and municipalities made announcements that they would stop taking glass in single stream recycling. Some cities like Decatur went back and asked residents if they would be willing to pay more to continue to have glass in their recycling for an additional cost of $25 a year. The answer was a resounding yes.

So what happened? That was one of the purposes of the Georgia Glass Recycling Conference. The conference brought haulers, local governments, recyclers, and manufacturers to inform and find solutions to the current crisis and crisis is indeed what it is. 

 

Did you know that next to California that Georgia is the largest consumer of recycled glass? Georgia has 4 fiberglass plants and two bottle manufacturers. Afterall, think of all the breweries we have here in Georgia. So recycling glass means Georgia jobs. Watch what the manufacturers who use recycled glass said and find out how Leftnut Brewery got their name. To read the tweets in order read from the bottom up.

  • Having a serious conversation about where glass recycling is going. Hey #gapols we will lose jobs and business if we don't this figure out
  • I've spent the day at the #Georgia Glass #Recycling Summit. #Decatur has solved it in a unique… https://www.instagram.com/p/BIanGfwBXur/
  • #Decatur is unique. Out of 14 cities who were told no glass by vendor Decatur was the only one who found a solution to solve the problem
  • We’re partnering with the @AtlantaFalcons to recycle 3 million #aluminum beverage cans this year. #RecycleForGood
  • 2nd Lesson Learned: Any change to the system means you need massive education up front to mitigate backend problems.
  • Lesson learned from #Decatur. Provide bins. Don't let the citizens determine what an acceptable bin is.
  • 92% of respondents said yes to extra cost. They also asked for citizens to provide their own bin. It caused a disaster. #Decatur
  • Citizens said they were willing to pay $25 to $35 extra a year to keep glass #recycling
  • #Decatur has a tool called open city hall. Citizens can respond immediately.
  • The goals of the City of #Decatur determine how Public Works tackles the problem solving
  • David Junger Director of Public Works City of #Decatur up now
  • Glass is not created equal. #Pyrex is not, so donate instead. Blue glass is in high demand for reuse. So don't #recycle donate it.
  • In #Athens to drop off for #free, residents have a CHARM bucket. Anything that fits in bucket is free.
  • The CHARM center in #Atlanta does take glass. Most people who #recycle glass at CHARM are multi-family building residents
  • Lesson today learned...community leaders drive recycling programs in local government #recyclingworks #recycling
  • To increase WaltonCounty glass #recycling rates and to make money WC is building bunkers to separate glass to increase revenue
  • WaltonCounty #GA does source separated #recycling To solve a private operator stopping glass pickup. Walton advertised throughout county
  • Drop off will never be the most convenient but it does produce a cleaner recycled glass stream
  • Drop off programs can be much more effective than the previously 5% stated. @rippleglass has reached 25% levels
  • Even a small act can create a big ripple @rippleglass #recycling
  • Crushed glass ready to #recycled is called cullet
  • Each person in America including children create 80 lbs of glass waste waiting to be #recycled each year
  • @leftnutbrewery of Gainesville up now
  • 1 #recycled 12 oz beer bottle will create one 4 micron width fiber that stretches from New York to Paris #recycling
  • There is nothing more cradle to cradle than glass being recycled into insulation
  • Utilities use more water in the US than anyone else. #recycling glass bottles saves .37 gallons of water times 10 railroad cars today
  • A glass melt plant uses 10 rail cars of recycled glass every day.
  • By using #recycled glass it makes 60% less environmental impact because so much less mining
  • #Recycling glass saves #CO2 emissions, energy, natural resources, and...wait for it...$$$
  • Energy savings for using recycled glass is 30% to 35%. #wow #energyefficiency #recycling
  • Is fiberglass recyclable? A: No
  • Owens Corning has a fiberglass plant in Fairburn. They also need lots of #recycled glass
  • The reason Europe has higher #recycling rates is because fewer landfills, better #recycling infrastructure, and separated streams
  • The Owens plant in #GA is currently only using 20% recycled materials because they can't get enough #recycled glass #recycling
  • Glass is infinitely recyclable and saves enormous amounts of energy when it's #recycled
  • Hearing from Owens glass container guy about the need for glass #recycling
  • We import a lot glass from states with bottle deposits
  • Bottle deposit states generate a lot of great clean glass #recycling
  • The reason Georgia is so good for glass is because we have 4 fiberglass plants alone in Georgia. There are also container plants
  • #Georgia is the best market for glass in the country next to California
  • The volume of drop off is 5% of what is curbside pickup #recycling is
  • The advent of single stream is what caused the demise of glass recycling
  • Cities and Counties need to understand their MRF contracts and demand contamination reports every month
  • #Glass is actually the highest paying out recyclable in #GA. Strategic materials is currently importing glass from #FL
  • Cities are blind to the cost of #recycling. The true costs are hidden because of the middle man MRF
  • The challenge for Strategic Materials is the variability of what's brought from each of the MRFs each day
  • Strategic Materials in College Park will take all the glass you have. They will take mixed and need more.
  • People are bananas over #recycling. They will hide glass in their #recycling even when they know that it's not being recycled anymore
  • Mixed glass is what is going through the process. That makes it "dirty". Only 30% of a ton of mixed glass is recycled. #recycling
  • Remember #recycling is a commodity. If prices go down then demand drops.
  • The reason #glass recycling has been removed all over the state collection bins is because the market in Georgia wad so small
  • The reason glass is so challenging at the #MRF is because it's so contaminated.
  • ForsythCounty makes money on some of the recyclables and loss on others #recycling
  • In ForsythCounty #CHARM is partially incorporated into the drop off locations
  • There is one private #MRF in ForsythCounty.
  • ForsythCounty did not want to be in waste hauling and #recycling business. So they have 3 drop off locations
  • Everyone knows #glass can be #recycled
  • People get mad when they can't #recycle their glass.
  • #Athens set an 80% diversion rate in 2010 for 2015. They have achieved 40%+. Have to deal with food waste
  • #Athens has high support from citizens and politicians for #recycling
  • #Athens will start pilot compost pick-up program soon
  • #Athens officially opened their CHARM center in Fall of 2015
  • #Athens is still taking glass. Citizens would be up in arms if they took glass out if the #recycling stream
  • Let"s clear the myth that there is no market for glass recycling. - Gloria Hardegree
  • Georgia Glass Recycling Summit Anderson Conference Center