Single-stream recycling was determined to NOT be an acceptable alternative. Crushed glass in the separation process often ends up as shards and slivers contaminating both the paper and plastic recycling stream. Expensive equipment repairs & maintenance caused by glass shards are common in single-stream sorting equipment.
Refer to the ZWZ Blog post, Single-Stream Controversy, for a synopsis on the Container Recycling Institute's December, 2009 white paper, Understanding economic and environmental impacts of single-stream collection systems.
In her article Glass Action (pgs 39 & 40) in The America's Quarterly, A Publication for the Foodservice &; Hospitality Industry, Janice Cha writes about how keeping glass out of the landfill takes effort and determination - but the move can pay off in lower waste collection fees.
|Cullet - crushed glass|
Thank you Janice for your inspiring article - it is pioneers like
Scott Gix and the Allens who are changing the landscape of options available for used glass from foodservice operations.
On another note, new avenues are opening in the glass recycling arena as this post is written. Stay tuned for more tales from the journey and new glass recycling options.