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Curbside Glass Recycling Returns December 5

Released October 05, 2017 04:06 PM

Beginning with the December 5, 2017 service week, curbside collection of glass recyclables will resume for City of Alpharetta residential waste collection customers. The service has been temporarily suspended since April when recyclers began advising local governments that they would soon stop accepting single-stream recycling that includes glass items.

Earlier this year recyclers began advising local governments that they would soon stop accepting single-stream recycling that includes glass items.  While cardboard and paper are considered valuable by recycling companies, glass can damage recycling equipment, produce shards that can injure workers, and has a poor cost to revenue ratio to recycle.  Because of this, many recycling companies are now rejecting glass from their recycling stream and instead ship it to landfills.  Some continue to accept glass recyclables but only if they are separated from other recyclable items before being placed at curbside for pickup.

To comply with the requirements of recycling companies, glass items must be completely separated from other recyclables.  Residential customers will be required to place glass items in a dedicated 18-gallon plastic bin while paper, plastic and other recyclables will be placed in their current recycling carts.  An additional truck, which will collect only glass, will be added to each service route.

The new 18-gallon bins for glass recyclables will be distributed to residences on November 11 and 18.

The City recognizes that not all residents consider recycling glass to be important or simply do not want to have to have the additional collection bin in their garage.  Those residents can, by November 3, complete and submit an online form requesting that a bin not be provided to them.  The form is available at www.alpharetta.ga.us/glass.

Due to the additional operating expenses associated with the new curbside glass recycling service, residents will see a slight increase in their quarterly waste and recycling service fee.  The new rates represent the first increase for Alpharetta’s waste services in nine years. 

The new rates are listed below.

Service Fee Schedule Effective January 01, 2018

Service Type

Quarterly Fee

95-Gallon Trash Cart (Includes recycling, yard waste, and bulky trash service)

$ 67.17

68-Gallon Trash Cart (Includes recycling, yard waste, and bulky trash service)

$ 63.54

Senior Trash Service (Includes recycling, yard waste, and bulky trash service)

$ 35.25

Senior Exempt Trash Service (Includes recycling, yard waste, and bulky trash service)

No Charge

Extra Cart

$ 20.01

Extra 18-Gallon Recycling Bin

$ 9.00

Excess Garbage Tag Fee (Per Tag)

$ 1.00

 

The City of Alpharetta provides, through our relationship with Republic Services, one of the most complete residential waste and recycling programs available in Metro Atlanta.  Beyond the traditional solid waste and recycling collection services, our program includes collection of yard waste and unlimited bulky waste pickup.  For more information on the full spectrum of services available through our waste and recycling program, please visit www.alpharetta.ga.us/trash.