Today, September 14th, the Bowling Green Recycling Center is proud to announce it is reinstating its glass recycling services. It once again will accept glass in its drop-off locations, including the 24-hour drop-off in Bowling Green, the 24-hour drop-off in Bradner, the weekend-drop-off in North Baltimore and in the satellite trailers.
The Recycling Center thanks their loyal customers for their patience as a solution was developed. The Center is temporarily adding additional capacity in anticipation of higher than normal glass volumes. Recyclers are reminded that lids should be removed, containers rinsed and placed in the specially marked bins in the drop-offs and trailers. Glass is not accepted through the commingled curbside recycling programs for reasons of employee safety.
Glass collected in Wood County will go to a Dayton, Ohio based processor that supplies two plants in Ohio – an Owens-Illinois bottle plant in Zanesville and a Johns Manville insulation plant in Defiance. This is possible thanks to Wood County contributing $30 per-ton and due to the generous support from a few anonymous benefactors who stepped up to cover the remaining costs.
Shortly after glass recycling was discontinued on July 11th, an ad-hoc group consisting of members from the Recycling Center, Wood County, the City of Bowling Green and Owens-Illinois began investigating various alternatives. The group ultimately realized that the old system was both the least complicated and least labor-intensive choice. Rather than reinventing the wheel, the group decided to stick with the original system. An added benefit is a quick restart. Hours after the agreement was made, glass is already being accepted in the 24-hour drop-offs and will be accepted in the satellite trailers starting this weekend.
A special thanks goes out to Owens-Illinois for going above-and-beyond in their efforts to ensure the the citizens of Wood County are able to properly recycle glass and to make a positive environmental impact. Owsens-Illinois’s efforts, insight and expertise were invaluable. The Recycling Center is fortunate to have their headquarters just up the road.
As always, thank you for recycling!