Glass recycling to end Dec. 1

Published 8:01 pm Monday, November 20, 2017

Visitors to the city’s recycling center on Monday were likely surprised by signage at that location announcing that the city will no longer be accepting glass as of Dec. 1.

According to officials, the City of LaGrange is currently in the process of phasing out glass recycling due to both the danger and the cost associated with recycling the material.

“A few weeks ago, the City of LaGrange decided to stop accepting glass at the recycling center because there is less of a market for the product and glass was dangerous for our employees to handle,” said David Brown, the director of public services for the City of LaGrange. “Troup County’s convenience center sites will remove the glass section and add more capacity for plastic recycling.”

The City of LaGrange handles the recycling for Troup County, so the decision means both city and county recycling sites will cease to accept glass by Dec. 1. County recycling centers are already working to make the change from accepting glass at several locations.

“We are in the process of changing out the signs to make more room for plastic recycling in the bins, which usually fills up faster,” said Dexter Wells, division director of public services for Troup County.

After Dec. 1, residents will no longer be able to recycle glass in the county and will need to dispose of glass with other trash.

“The glass can be put in with your normal garbage and put in the compactor,” Wells said.

Cardboard, plastic bottles, aluminum and tin cans and newspaper will still be accepted. For any questions regarding recycling, contact Public Works at (706) 883-2002.