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Anchorage, Alaska, Struggles with Glass Recycling

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The average amount of glass collected for recycling each year has pretty much held steady at 1,200 tons.

For more than two decades, glass recycling has had its ups and downs in Anchorage, Alaska, and many other cities across the U.S. And even though glass recycling is one of the city’s most popular types of recycling, the average amount of glass collected for recycling each year has pretty much held steady at 1,200 tons.

Alaska Dispatch News has more:

In a corner of the yard at Central Recycling Services lies two piles of glass.

One is a mountain of empty bottles, with labels mostly left intact: Prego pasta sauce, Synergy kombucha, Martinelli's sparkling cider and super-sized containers of Kirkland Signature vodka.

The other looks like a pile of cream-colored sand, tinged slightly green. Look closer and it's clear that the tiny globes aren't sand at all, but brightly colored chunks of ground-up glass.

Read the full story here.

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