Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Glass Recycling Returning to 6 Locations; Maguire Vows to Seek Curbside Pickup

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Glass Recycling Returning to 6 Locations; Maguire Vows to Seek Curbside Pickup

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Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer

Glass recycling will return for St. Johns County residents, but not at the curb.

The County Commission Tuesday unanimously approved resuming glass recycling service, but the new service will be provided at six centralized collection locations throughout the county where residents will have to bring their recyclable glass. Three of the collection bins will be located in the northern part of the county, which is serviced by Seaboard Waste Systems, and three will be in the southern end, serviced by Advanced Disposal.

The county ended curbside glass recycling Aug. 1 after the new contracts for the garbage haulers took effect and eliminated the service. The contractors said recycled glass was no longer viable in a volatile market. But public outcry was so great, commissioners directed county staff to find a solution and possibly return the curbside glass recycling service.

"This is a good interim measure," said County Administrator Ben Adams, who's been negotiating with the garbage haulers over the past several weeks. "Maybe we'll find something else. I assure you, we're looking every day and we're not going to close the book on this."

The collection bin locations have not been determined yet. Adams said that will take about three weeks to decide. The Ponte Vedra Beach and Palm Valley area will most likely have one collection location while Vilano Beach and the Julington Creek areas will have their own collection bins.

The garbage-hauling companies agreed to provide the central collection bins for free and they will remain available through 2004.

Jim Arnold, marketing manager for Seaboard Waste Systems, told the commission his company could have returned curbside recycling, but it would have created an additional cost of about $96,000 annually for the county, which would have meant a small increase in collection fees to homeowners.

Arnold said when residents take their glass to the collection bins, they'll have to separate clear, green and other colors of glass. "Contaminated" glass -- broken or colors other than clear or green -- does not get recycled and ends up in the landfill, Arnold said, exactly what residents participating in recycling don't want. …

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