The City of Alcoa Public Works & Engineering Department announced today that effective January 1, 2017, glass products of any type will no longer be accepted for recycling.
The City’s curbside recycling services are contracted through Waste Connections of Tennessee, Inc. who, beginning January 1st, will suspend glass recycling from its curbside recycling program. In a letter to City officials, Waste Connections stated the reason for the change was due to their “equipment being highly damaged by broken glass and comingled colored glass has no market anymore.” The letter went on to state that this is not only a local issue but one that affects recyclers and recycling processing companies nationwide.
The City’s recycling program has been met with great acceptance and success among City residents. The City thanks residents for their continued support of the program and assurance that this change is limited only to glass material – all other recyclable materials will continue to be collected as usual.