Glass, Paper, Newspaper & Mixed Plastic

Why do we not recycle glass?
  • Due to the lack of market demand for glass combined with the lack of any local glass recycling facilities, glass has a negative market value. To that end, most glass in recycling programs end up in the landfill.

  • Glass recycling was one of the highest expenses to our recycling program. The City's recycling processor was charging around $125/ton to process glass. Whereas it only costs $48/ton to process it through Waste-to-Energy.

Why not mixed paper/mixed plastics?

Recently, China began limiting imports on recycling. Prior to these new restrictions, 27% of all US recycling went to China. Currently, China is only accepting 3% of US recycling.

Low grade mixed paper and mixed plastics #3 thru #7 now have little market value/demand due to the glut of material on the world market. Much of it gets sent to the landfill.

Why not newspaper?

As more people use the internet for information, the use of newspaper has declined greatly in recent years. The reduction in volume has created a situation where the material has a very low and cost prohibitive market value.