The Mason County Recycling Center in Maysville, Ky., has received a new glass aggregate machine thanks to a grant from the Kentucky Pride Organization’s Division of Waste Management. Glass can be fed into the machine and broken down into larger pebbles or a sand-like state.
The recycling center hopes to take the sand-like glass and use it with salt to add traction to the roadways during the winter since it will be easier on the environment than the cinder that is currently used.
The machine is best equipped to break down glass bottles and jars, although it can take other types of glass. The recycling center hopes to acquire an additional screening unit to use in conjunction with the machine that will sort the raw glass by size.
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“The purpose for having this is to keep things from going to the landfill,” said Recycling Manager Steve Frodge. “If you put glass in a landfill, it doesn’t rot or break down. If you start with 100 pounds of glass, then you will have 100 pounds of glass at the end.”
According to studies performed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a glass bottle can take nearly 1 million years to break down.
“If you put it in a landfill, it will be there forever,” he said.