Starting this week, Greenville County Solid Waste will no longer accept glass as a recyclable item.
The county policy change doesn’t affect City of Greenville residents. The city is still collecting glass curbside and at its two recycling drop-off centers, said City of Greenville spokesperson Leslie Fletcher.
No date is set for any type of change, she said, and City Council has not yet determined how it will handle the glass recycling issue.
“No glass” decals are on all Greenville County recycling containers throughout the county.
“We don’t have a place to take the glass bottles, thus we can’t accept them,” said Wendy McNatt, recycling coordinator for Greenville County. “If you do have glass bottle, please put them in your trash or reuse them.”
McNatt said the changes are taking place nationwide because of a dramatic drop in the price of glass recycling.
Pratt Industries is the company responsible for collecting recycling in Greenville and Spartanburg counties.
“Pratt had to make some difficult decisions regarding the capacity available and costs in running our operation, and chose to not accept the most costly commodity to recycle (glass), thus freeing up capacity in our plant, to accommodate the most tonnage of material possible from the Greenville/Spartanburg market,” the company said in a statement provided to WYFF-TV.
Greenville County will still accept plastic bottles, jugs and other plastics, metal and aluminum cans, paper and cardboard in its recycling containers.
For a complete list of convenience center and drop-off locations, visit greenvillecounty.org/solid_waste.
Staff writer Lety Good contributed to this report.