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Port Orange Observer Monday, Sep. 30, 2019 2 weeks ago

Port Orange to suspend glass recycling

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The change will take effect Oct. 1.
by: Jarleene Almenas News Editor

The city of Port Orange is suspending the collection of glass as part of its residential recycling program, starting Tuesday, Oct. 1.

This makes Port Orange the latest Volusia city to eliminate glass, following Ormond Beach who made the move in April, due to changes in the worldwide recycling industry.

“Due to the reduced demand for recycled glass, the cost for processing glass for recycling has more than doubled,” said Lynn Stevens, director of public works and utilities in a city press release. “The recycle processor is removing the glass from the other recyclables and sends it to the landfill at a higher disposal cost than if glass was sent to the landfill with the rest of the trash. By controlling the costs, we can maintain the current level of service to our customers, help the environment, without passing the increased cost to our customers.”

Stevens added that when the demand for recycled glass increases, the city will reinstate glass recycling.

Residents can continue to recycle aluminum and tin cans, plastic containers #1-7, newspapers (without the plastic bag sleeve), junk mail, magazines, phone books, mixed office paper, cereal and snack boxes, and cardboard boxes (flattened or cut down to 2-foot-by-2-foot).  The items are then delivered and processed at the GEL Corp recycling facility.

Residents can use up to three recycling bins for their items.

Pizza boxes or any take-out food containers are not recyclable and should be put in the trash, the press release states. 

The city will mail out brochures on its updated recycling program via residents' water bills. Information is also available at port-orange.org

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