Lafayette’s bottles and jars soon may be heading to the landfill rather than the recycling center.
City-parish government is considering a new recycling contract that excludes glass from curbside collection, a cost-savings measure being instituted, or at least explored, across the country.
East Baton Rouge Parish toyed with the idea last year but ultimately changed course, opting instead to increase fees.
Lafayette City-Parish Public Works Director Tom Carroll said there is no longer a market for recycled glass, and few recycling companies are willing to handle the material any more.
“We all want to be green. We all want to be environmentally conscious. But there is just no market for it,” he said.