HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - If you're new to Huntsville, or maybe just want to start reducing your carbon footprint, you may want to head over to the Huntsville Recyclery.
Whether you've collected bins full or just bags full, you can drop off your glass 24 hours a day. You also don't have to separate it by color.
The bins are located about three miles out of town at 1004 A Cleaner Way, which is off of Triana Boulevard S.W., south of Johnson Road and behind Huntsville Animal Services.
It's a bit more of a step, since glass bottles and jars are not collected from the blue roadside recycling bins, where Huntsville residents can leave co-mingled recyclables like paper, boxes, mail, cans, magazines and No. 1 and No. 2 plastic bottles and boxes.
In 2010, the contract with the city's Waste Management Authority fell through, so all the glass taken to the recyclery actually wound up in the landfill. Now, they've contracted with Allied Waste Management. They collect the glass, and truck it down to Strategic Materials in Atlanta. That's the largest glass recycler in North America.
Allied employees say they dump the bins two or three times a week! They also do it on their own dime.
More than 20 tons of glass are trucked from Huntsville to strategic materials in Atlanta every year.