Curbside recycling programs depend on a complex global market. For a variety of reasons, the value of recycled glass has declined over the past several years. The City has been informed the facility we take our recycling to will no longer be accepting or processing glass.
Therefore, effective July 1st, 2019, the City of Clinton will no longer be able to accept glass in our residential curbside recycling program. If any glass is found in our recycling, the City will be subject to fines and penalties, which will compromise our recycling program. Our employees will be doing visual checks to help prevent this. Curbside recycling containers may be rejected if contamination of the recyclable materials is found.
If they choose, residents will be able bring take their clean glass to the City’s recycling convenience center on West John St. near downtown Clinton. This glass will be taken to a facility that only recycles glass.
This is not a sign that the City's recycling program is regressing. This change makes our recycling program stronger by keeping up with the current recycling market trends and improves the programs long term viability.