Did you know that glass bottles are 100% recyclable, but if thrown in the garbage, take about 1 million years to breakdown? Making new glass from your recycled glass also requires 30% less energy and reduces the use of raw materials. In addition to helping the environment, recycling glass helps create local jobs at the facilities we ship your glass to.
After you put your glass in your glass only bin or cart, Waste Connections picks it up and empties it into recycle trucks. They transport the glass to West Van Materials Recovery Center in Vancouver, WA, where it is unloaded until there is enough glass to send to the sorting facility. The glass is driven just across the Columbia River to Glass to Glass/eCullet, a joint-venture recycling facility in Portland, OR., where it is sorted into various colors using an optical sorting machine. Once sorted by color, it is taken just a few miles down the road to Owens-Illinois where the actual glass recycling happens. Many of the bottles and jars you recycle become new bottles and are distributed locally and nationally.
We do a great job in Clark County recycling glass and the opportunities have expanded so now everyone, at home and at work, can recycle glass bottles and jars.For more information about glass recycling, please contact (360) 892-5370.