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Santa Fe, N.M., Considers Costly Glass Recycling Contract

A contract amendment could cost in excess of $200,000 a year for a trucking company to haul most of the glass collected in Santa Fe to Broomfield, Colo.

The Santa Fe, N.M., Solid Waste Management Agency Joint Powers Board is considering a contract amendment that could cost in excess of $200,000 a year for a trucking company to haul most of the glass collected in Santa Fe to the Momentum Recycling plant in Broomfield, Colo.

According to a Santa Fe New Mexican report, the amendment would pay Pro-Motion trucking company $1,275 per load shipped to Momentum, which is slightly more than 400 miles from Santa Fe, and $1,650 per load for any loads that go to a new alternative site in Phoenix.

Last year, city and county residents deposited 1,973 tons of glass at recycling collection sites in the area—down slightly from the 2,021 tons of glass collected in 2017 and from the 2,500 tons collected in 2016, which was the last full year the city collected glass along with other materials for recycling at residential curbs, according to the report.

Santa Fe New Mexican has more information:

As the amount of glass bottles and jars being recycled in the Santa Fe area declines, the city-county board that oversees recycling efforts is considering changing the out-of-state companies where tons of glass are shipped rather than buried in a local landfill.

The Santa Fe Solid Waste Management Agency Joint Powers Board is considering a contract amendment that could cost in excess of $200,000 a year for an Española trucking company to haul most of the glass collected here to the Momentum Recycling plant in Broomfield, Colo., between Denver and Boulder.

The board is scheduled to hear the proposal Thursday.

Read the full article here.

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