Quincy could be model by again recycling glass

Posted: Mar. 15, 2020 1:00 am

To The Herald-Whig:

Recycling is an important way to reduce the carbon in the atmosphere.

Quincy recycles paper and certain grades of plastic but not glass. Quincy Recycle, on South Sixth Street, accepted glass for recycling from Quincy residents on Saturdays, but no longer. Those who want to recycle glass have to take it to Palmyra, Mo., on alternate Saturdays.

This is a shame, as recycled glass can be used over and over again.

For every 6 tons of recycled container glass employed in the production process, 1 ton of carbon dioxide creation is avoided. An estimated 80 percent of recovered glass containers are made into new glass bottles, and it can happen quickly. A glass container can go from a recycling bin to a store shelf in as little as 30 days.

Quincy can be a model for other communities that are trying to reduce carbon in the atmosphere by making glass recycling available again.

Meenal Mamdani