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A new yellow glass drop-off recycling dumpster has been placed at the Los Alamos Cooperative Market as an added convenience for residents to participate in the program.
The program now includes four drop-off locations: Los Alamos Co-op, Sullivan Field, Los Alamos County Eco Station and Overlook Park Convenience Center. Residents can recycle glass bottles and jars of all colors at any of these locations.
“I am happy that the co-op is now a glass drop off location, which allows customers to save time by combining shopping trips with glass and TerraCycle recycling trips. As a cooperative, we are always looking for ways to improve and encourage sustainability as well as develop community partnerships,” said Los Alamos Co-op Outreach Coordinator Sandra West.
The new glass recycling dumpster adds to the recycling program at the store that includes the Terracycle program, which enables residents to recycle chip bags, cereal box liners, cereal bags and packaging from Bear Naked products. Front End Manager Cody Ulibari said, “I’m extremely enthusiastic, through the help of the county, the co-op continues to exceed in environmental excellence.”
Since the inception of the new glass recycling program in late September 2012, the community has recycled more than 100,000 lbs of glass. To date, the program has eliminated the need to send two semi-trucks full of glass off the Hill for disposal, saving money and reducing environmental impact, according to officials.
“The county has been able to increase diversion and create a valuable commodity to be used by the local community,” said Environmental Services Superintendent Leroy Chacon.
The glass drop-off recycling program creates a finished product known as glass cullet. The glass bottles and jars collected are fed into a glass pulverizer located at the Eco Station. The pulverizer breaks down the glass into small pebbles known as cullet. The cullet is tumbled to dull the edges, creating a safe and shiny finished product. Glass cullet has a variety of uses including ornamental use in landscaping, a medium for art projects, and a replacement to pea gravel in a variety of projects.
To learn more about this program visit the co-op’s website at losalamos.coop.