Two-thirds of glass not being recycled

The effort you put into recycling glass jars and bottles may be all for naught, at least at the moment.

Figures from Recyc-Quebec obtained by the Journal de Montreal show just a third of glass collected from municipal recycling programs ends up being recycled. The rest is sent to landfill.

The reason is the closure last year of the glass recycling company Klareco in Longueuil. It had been handling 70-percent of the glass from municipal programs and no other firm has been able to take up the slack since it closed.

Recycling officials are counselling patience, saying increasing capacity takes time because of the investment needed.

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  1. Critical Skin posted on 07/31/2014 09:03 AM
    This is pathetic. This should never happen. The recycling industry should be subsidized or publicly owned. I would trade-in many of the subsidies the pharmaceutical industries and diary farmers receive in return for a subsidized or publicly owned recycling industry.
  2. Mister Ed posted on 07/31/2014 01:57 PM
    What a tremendous waste of human resources. How much time and energy is collectively expended to pre-wash glassware and other recyclables. How much tax money is spent collecting and transporting this stuff. What percentage of all collected recycling actually reaches the recycling plants. No one seems accountable.
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