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Georgia College glass recycling bins are back

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    Glass is broken down to a sand-like material during the recycling process. TIMBERLY SPIKES/Staff

After a brief interruption, Georgia College has restarted its glass recycling program. Boxes are located at 10 convenient locations on campus and are available to all students, faculty and staff.

The glass recycling program started in January of this year. The Office of Sustainability temporarily removed the bins to test some different options to make the containers more efficient.

“Over the summer, things get a little bit slower as far as recycling goes obviously because we don’t have as many students on campus,” said Cameron Skinner, sustainability assistant. “We took that downtime to service the bins and clean them. We were looking at putting some different wheels on the cart, just trying to test things out since this is a new recycling program on campus.”

The GC Glass Cruncher recycling machine was installed in January of 2021. Two months later, the school began a new recycling program that allowed glass bottles to be incorporated.

“After the glass is collected, it is transported to our recycling facilty over on west campus,” Skinner said. “We take the glass bottles or containers and crush them into a sand-like by-product. Then the sandlike byproduct is poured into another machine that separates the different particle sizes by shaking it at high speed.”

The machine can produce sand in five different sizes, allowing for more comprehensive market options. Skinner shared the sand can even be crushed into a flour-like substance and used for recreational purposes. The machine is entirely operated by workers in the office of sustainability.

The office encourages everyone to consider going green. However, for the time being, there are no plans to expand this recycling program outside of the GC community.

“As of right now, there are no concrete plans to offer glass recycling services to the Milledgeville-Baldwin County community,” Skinner said. “It’s something that we would love to be able to do. For us, it’s an issue of staffing and labor and just the means to open it up at that big of a scale.”

Anyone in the Milledgeville-Baldwin community interested in recycling can request an 18-gallon recycling container from Advance Disposal, free of charge. Glass materials are not permitted in the containers. Citizens can drop off glass at the convenience center on West Thomas Street.