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Where Does It Go?
According to the operators of Moab's recycling center, the Grand County Solid Waste Special Service District, glass may be used as landfill cover. According to the District website, "On a temporary basis, glass may be crushed and used in intermediate cover or incorporated into roads at the Moab Landfill. This practice saves the District the cost of buying cover soil." For more information on current glass status, or to express your desire that it be recycled rather than used as landfill cover, you can contact the District at 435-259-3867 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On September 2, 2010 CCR and the Grand County Solid Waste Special Service District co-sponsored a public workshop about glass recycling at the Grand County Public Library. CCR and the District presented research on the pros and cons of dealing with glass in our community on 4 different ways: 1) no longer accepting glass at the recycling center; 2) using glass as cover material at the Moab Landfill; 3) purchasing a belly dump trailer to ship glass and building a storage facility to store glass; 4) purchasing a glass pulverizer as well as a belly dump trailer and storage facility.
- View the alternatives report presented at the workshop (PDF)
- Read more about the future of recycling glass in our community.
- Americans throw away enough glass bottles and jars every two weeks to fill the 1.350-foot towers of the former World Trade Center.
- Most bottles and jars contain at least 25% recycled glass.
- Glass never wears out -- it can be recycled forever. We save over a ton of resources for every ton of glass recycled -- 1,330 pounds of sand, 433 pounds of soda ash, 433 pounds of limestone, and 151 pounds of feldspar (a mineral containing varying portions of sodium, potassium, and other elements).
- States with bottle deposit laws have 35-40% less litter by volume. Utah does not have a bottle deposit law.
- If all the glass bottles and jars collected through recycling in the U.S. in 1994 were laid end to end, they'd reach the moon and half way back to earth.
- Glass can be recycled into jars, jewelry, bottles, dishes, drinking glasses, coffee mugs and many other items.