Why no Glass in my blue Cart?
Putting glass in the blue cart is very dangerous and causes contamination of other materials. When the glass breaks, it can leave shards in other recycling like cardboard, making it less valuable. Also, when the materials arrive at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), broken glass is dangerous for workers and hard on the equipment that is sorting it out of the other recycled material. By keeping it out of the blue cart and collecting it all in one place (recycling stations), it can be handled differently when it gets to the MRF. It no longer has to go through the sorting process and can bypass the people and equipment that do that work. When talking with other municipalities, they overwhelmingly recommended that we not include glass in our curbside program.
What do I do with my glass?
Most types of clear glass are recyclable, such as bottles, jars or containers. These can be recycled at any of the City's three recycling stations. Other types of glass such as coloured glass, window panes or ceramics cannot be recycled. These should be carefully bagged with your garbage and placed in your black cart.
What's the best option for managing my glass?
Glass is not the easiest item to recycle so try and reduce how much you use. It's especially important to avoid coloured glass as much as possible as this cannot be recycled. Think about getting your pasta sauce in a tin can instead of a glass jar so it can be recycled.
Many glass jars and containers can be reused to store food and other items, be creative!
Glass is not accepted in the curbside recycling program. However, clear glass is accepted at the recycling stations, just be sure to clean them and take off any metal lids.
Dispose of any coloured or dirty glass.