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Salt Lake City Launches Glass Recycling Program

Salt Lake City residents will now find it easier to recycle their glass waste thanks to a new curbside glass recycling program that begins next month.

The program will at first only serve residents who live between State Street and 2100 east. Bins will be delivered in the next couple of weeks before the first scheduled collection on November 1. Next spring, it will expand to anyone who lives in Salt Lake City.

Debbie Lyons is the Recycling Program Manager for Salt Lake City. She says the 20 glass drop off sites throughout the city will still be available, in addition to the new curbside program.

“And we hope to double the amount of glass that we’re recycling through that program," Lyons says.

Salt Lake City’s curbside program currently accepts clean paper, plastic, aluminum and tin. Mayor Ralph Becker says the city is using the savings realized from that program to start recycling glass.

“We’re putting our resources from the landfill to support extending the life of the landfill, which saves us all costs in the long run and obviously saves costs and improves the environment for residents," Becker says.

Anyone interested can sign up with their water bill account number for an additional $6 per month.

Click here to learn more and to sign up.

Whittney Evans grew up southern Ohio and has worked in public radio since 2005. She has a communications degree from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, where she learned the ropes of reporting, producing and hosting. Whittney moved to Utah in 2009 where she became a reporter, producer and morning host at KCPW. Her reporting ranges from the hyper-local issues affecting Salt Lake City residents, to state-wide issues of national interest. Outside of work, she enjoys playing the guitar and getting to know the breathtaking landscape of the Mountain West.
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