For the first time in three years, Anchorage, Alaska, residents can recycle their glass.
Glass recycling began this week and will have to be dropped off at the Anchorage Recycling Center, eventually finding its way to Central Recycling Services, a construction and demolition recycling company, KSKA-FM in Anchorage reported.
The glass will be made into an aggregate product to be used to build roads and in pipe bedding in construction projects, Donna Mears, recycling coordinator at solid waste services with the Municipality of Anchorage, told the radio station.
Mears said she doesn't see glass being accepted curbside in the foreseeable future. The main reasons being that glass in curbside carts easily breaks, is a safety hazard for workers sorting the materials and creates a contamination issue with items such as paper.
In 2009, a company handling glass recycling went out of business. Two years later, the municipality awarded Central Recycling up to $85,000 in grants to figure out how to recycle glass, do research and buy the needed equipment, the radio station said.