Glass On The Side Update
On October 1, the Glass On The Side (GOTS) program expanded to the four unstaffed recycling sites at Cedar Falls Park, Hampton Pointe (behind Home Depot), Meadowmont and University Place. The results from the first month are in. Of the four sites,
Meadowmont and University Mall received ~960 pounds of glass combined in the first month! Unfortunately, all four of the GOTS containers were contaminated with bags of trash, other recyclables (not glass) and random objects such as a metal fire pit. These items are not recyclable with glass and have to be manually removed before sending glass to the processor.
As with other recycling, contamination reduces the value of the material and is costly to manually remove. Orange County asks that all members of the community choosing to separate glass bottles and jars for recycling ensure that they put only loose, unbagged glass in the black dumpsters marked for only glass. Orange County is installing bars on each opening in the containers to restrict large, non-bottle/jar items from being deposited. The openings are 10” allowing for gallon jugs to be deposited.
From July through October, the program collected 118 tons of glass combined from Orange County, Alamance and Durham Counties in a regional cooperative program. All the glass is sold to Strategic Materials in Wilson, NC for conversion to new industrial products including bottles, fiberglass insulation and reflective paint.