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3/3/2013 9:47:00 PM
Prescott considers bringing back glass recycling
Cindy Barks
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - Two and a half years after it discontinued its glass-recycling program, the City of Prescott is considering bringing the program back.

The city's recycling program will be among the topics of discussion at a Prescott City Council workshop at 3 p.m. Tuesday, at Prescott City Hall, 201 S. Cortez St.

Prescott Field and Facilities Services Director Stephanie Miller said Friday that her workshop presentation would include a general report on the current state of the recycling program, as well as an update on glass recycling.

In September 2010, the city discontinued its glass recycling because officials said a market no longer existed for recycled glass. Prior to that decision, the city had provided bins at its Sundog Ranch Transfer Station, where people could dump their discarded glass products.

That program was popular with recyclers around that area, and attracted 25 to 35 tons of glass each month. Meanwhile, however, the city was stockpiling mounds of crushed glass, because officials said it had nowhere to dispose of the material.

Miller, who started her job with the city about a year ago, said the market for glass has since evolved.

"There is a big glass recycler down in Phoenix," Miller said, referring to the Strategic Materials recycling company, which has locations around the country.

The possibility exists for the city to transport its glass products to the company's Phoenix location, Miller said, adding, "We would have hauling costs."

Overall, Miller maintained that the city does a "great job" of encouraging recycling through its curbside collection program. "We have a 30-percent diversion rate (for materials diverted from the landfill)," she said.

In other action, the council will:

• Consider sending a letter to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) in support of the Highway 89 widening project from Highway 89A to north of Ruger Road (the Deep Well Ranch Road).

In February, ADOT announced that it was recommending the removal of the widening project from the state's five-year program, which would push the project out until sometime after 2018. In the previous five-year program, ADOT had planned to do the widening project in 2016.

The nearby Highway 89 widening from Chino Valley's southern boundary to Deep Well Ranch Road still is expected to begin this summer, as planned.

• Hear a comment from local resident Daniel Mattson on "election timing." Mattson explained Friday that his comments would center on the current uncertainty about future city elections.

Because the Arizona State Legislature approved an election-consolidation bill last year that required all elections after 2014 to take place in the fall of even-number years, Prescott has faced the prospect of changing its traditional odd-numbered-year elections.

Noting that prospective candidates currently are taking out nomination packets for the 2013 City Council election without knowing when the next city election would take place, Mattson suggested that the City Council should discuss the situation soon.

In making their decisions on whether to run for City Council, Mattson said prospective candidates "have no idea whether they will be serving three years or five years."

Nominating petitions are due back to the city between April 29 and May 29, and Mattson maintains that the City Council should discuss the matter before April 29.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Article comment by: Kelly *

Please bring back glass recycling!

Posted: Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Article comment by: Hamm's Beer Bear!

Why not have a state of the art sorting system? Only use one bin only one truck to pick every thing up! There is a lot of good ideas on You Tube. It's time!

Posted: Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Reagan

Not sure if readers are aware that there is glass recycling available behind Target. It's easy to drop off there and you can curb your guilt that you're not filling the earth with glass.

Posted: Monday, March 04, 2013
Article comment by: Get Em ......................

I was just thinking about this today. I hope it does get brought back!

Posted: Monday, March 04, 2013
Article comment by: I.M. Sequestered

Come on who are we hiring in these city jobs? Figure it out, we already pay to haul garbage to a landfill elsewhere, I bet tons of which per year is already glass. What's the difference if we pay to haul just the glass somewhere else? If you're gonna state the "money argument" on these things, do it right.

Posted: Monday, March 04, 2013
Article comment by: Steven Ayres

The key element, and what made glass an apparent problem in the first place, is that Prescott has treated glass a separate recycling stream that had to live or die on its own economically. That is not how it's done. What makes recycling work is single-stream processing, where all the recyclables go into the same bin, the same truck and the same processor for automated sorting. In this way market price fluctuations on any one material are absorbed and averaged for the whole stream. The City has to look at restructuring its recycling contract to open the field to a single-stream operation. Going back to a separate deal for glass will only bring us back to the same situation eventually.

Posted: Monday, March 04, 2013
Article comment by: Mega Rip off

Where is all the money made from recycling going. IF Prescott residents recycle 28 pounds of aluminum, steel,plastic and paper a month and there are 17,000 Prescott residents, that is over 475,000 pounds recycled every month! if aluminum is .28 cents a pound that is over $100,000! Where is money!
Follow the money!
Show us> Be accountable!

Posted: Monday, March 04, 2013
Article comment by: Take a serious look at glass recycling

The economics of glass recycling is tricky. If 50% recycled glass is used to manufacture new glass, the energy saving is only 10-12%. The industry is yet to achieve 50%. In most cases and Prescott is one of them, it takes more energy to get the glass to a manufacturing facilities then is saved. We are not about to run out of silica sand, since it is the major building block of the earth's crust. So unless you are close to a glass plant it makes no sense to recycle that particular material. It's more of a feel good thing to do it. By the way "Todd W", not sure where your info comes from, Prescott has and still does recycle metals, plastics, paper and cardboard. Check out those blue recycle bins out in front of folks homes on trash pickup day.

Posted: Monday, March 04, 2013
Article comment by: Peace Nik

PLEASE, bring back glass recycling! Any enlightened community in the 21st Century NEEDS to have glass re-cycling. I have refrained from buying anything, as much as possible, in glass containers. I now buy boxed wine which, as it turns out, is a pretty good deal. Even Flagstaff and a majority of cities it's size have found out something to do with the glass....a few trips to Phoenix a week is better than flinging glass bottles in the garbage. We need solutions that enlighten not dummy-down our community.

Posted: Monday, March 04, 2013
Article comment by: PLEASE bring glass recycling back!

I cringe every time I have to throw away any glass jars or bottles. I have even curbed my consumption of drinks/food that are in glass because of the inability to recycle glass here in Prescott.


Posted: Monday, March 04, 2013
Article comment by: Hopefully .

It would be even nicer if they brought back curb-side glass recycling like they had back in the day.

Posted: Monday, March 04, 2013
Article comment by: Iris Brown

Why bother? It's more convenient to take glass to the many bins behind Target.They also have bins for plastic and paper!

Posted: Monday, March 04, 2013
Article comment by: local guy

Recycling should be mandatory, it keeps reusable commodities out of the landfills. Scrap steel and aluminum cans are easily sold locally and simple cardboard has been trading in the $.05 per pound range at one local scrapyard. Recycling glass is huge because it degrades so slowly. If we went back to glass containers with a deposit, it would keep millions of tons of plastic bottles/containers out of the landfills and oceans of the world. I spent endless hours as a kid collecting soda bottles to take back to the store for 2 cents apiece when they went to a nickel, it was like hitting the lottery for a 8-9 year old! A deposit on plastic containers would also work to lessen their ending up at the dump. Our world will have to sustain itself even if we are dragged along kicking and screaming.

Posted: Monday, March 04, 2013
Article comment by: It's about time!

This service should NEVER have been discontinued! Norwood thankfully is long gone. Even it it cost the city as few dollars it is an environmental priority.

Posted: Monday, March 04, 2013
Article comment by: Todd W

It seems crazy that the alternative to not recycling glass is to just dump it in a landfill. What about the plastics and metals? The city of Phoenix recycles metals, glass, plastics and paper. That reduces landfill space significantly.

I am not a hardcore environmentalist but I do believe in recycling as opposed to just dumping this stuff into a landfill. I hope the city starts the program once again.

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