To establish and encourage in Boulder, Colorado a glass-only separate stream of collection, sorting and recovery of empty glass containers, serving local restaurants and bars.
By separating out glass at the source before it enters into the single-stream collection system we hope to create a positive impact on overall recyclability rates at local MRF sorting facilities. Boulder currently only provides single-stream collection for recyclables. Only by reducing the volume of glass collected via single-stream, can we begin to have a positive impact in our waste management and bring Boulder closer to its goal of Zero Waste by 2025.
In a recent article from Westword, it’s noted that Colorado’s recycling rate of just 23% falls far below the national average of 34.5 %, and here’s why: All glass collected using single-stream compacting trucks is too broken and dirty to recycle by the time it can be sorted, so it all goes to landfill. Broken glass shards as a result of compacting the load are the biggest contaminator of the paper, cardboard and plastic also collected.
It’s a really good article if you’d like to give it a read.