by Kevin Hughes
on Thursday, September 29th, 2011 at 12:14am.
Boise community rejoice! For years, residents in the Boise, Idaho area have asked for curbside glass collection, and finally, the wait is over. On June 15, 2011, the voluntary subscription program for curbside glass collection was put into effect with collection to begin in the fall. Of course, the city will continue to maintain the current drop off sites throughout Boise.
The curbside collection is voluntary and will be 100 percent user supported. This service will cost residents $9.95 per month, and with it comes a gray cart for glass only. The existing blue “no-sort” recycling carts will continue to be used for co-mingled paper, plastic and aluminum recycling.
In an effort to make the program affordable to residents and to boost the local economy, all the glass will be crushed by a local company, Environmental Abrasives. The crushed glass will then be used as a sandblasting medium. Using a local company reduces the cost of shipping the glass out of state and saves space in local landfills. It truly is an environmentally-friendly solution!
Program Specifics Here is some important information for Boiseans to keep in mind: -The ordering period for your gray glass-only cart is from June 15, 2011 to August 15, 2011. See the helpful links below to sign up online. -Carts will hold up to 65 gallons. Orders placed after August 15th will be delivered within 30 days. -While the collection schedule is not final just yet, it will occur every 4 weeks.
Glass Collection Guidelines -On the day of pickup, the cart should be at the curb by 7:00 am and there should be space between it and other carts. -Do not overfill the cart. The lid must be able to close otherwise glass could spill onto the street and break.
-Do not put lids or caps in with the glass. Only lightly rinsed glass jars and bottles are accepted. Broken glass is okay. Mirrors, light bulbs, dishes and windows are not accepted.
-As always, Boise home owners can still drop off extra glass at any of the locations around town.
Residents won't want to delay in getting their glass cart orders in. This program will certainly help relieve the hassle of taking glass to the drop off centers and will make recycling just that much easier.