OTTAWA — Putnam County will begin a countywide glass recycling program June 1. The county commissioners have been awarded an $100,000 from the state Environmental Protection Agency, according to a news release.
The funds will purchase glass collection bins, roll-off containers and upgrade the county’s transfer station.
“This is an opportunity to expand the recycling efforts of the Putnam County Solid Waste Management District in a meaningful way,” said Commissioner Vincent Schroeder. “For the past year, it was a hurdle for us to find a market for recycled glass. It was a constant problem that the Ohio EPA actually helped us solve.”
Recyclable glass was being taken to the Hancock County landfill for disposal.
The county dumped about 140 tons of recyclable glass in the Hancock County landfill last year. Under the new program, a minimum of 155 tons of glass will be recycled. The county’s solid waste management district will seek recyclable glass material from residents, restaurants and taverns throughout the county, too, to raise the glass recycling rate higher.
Sophisticated machinery will do all the sorting and processing at the Rumpkee glass recycling site in Dayton.
The county, in partnership with the company, will have the glass transported from the county.
The county will contribute $24,000, according to the news release.