Boise’s mountain of glass will soon grow no more. Beginning Wednesday, June 15, Boise citizens can subscribe to a curbside glass collection service. As promised, Boise-based Environmental Abrasives will crush the glass and process it into a variety of products used in industrial applications, such as metal blasting and stone cutting.
The subscription will cost $9.95 per month for consumers. An extra 65-gallon glass-only gray cart will be delivered in September and the recycling will officially launch this fall. Commercial collection will also be available.
Only empty bottles and jars will be collected (all colors). There will be no need to remove labels, but lids, caps and corks should be discarded. No mirrors, windows, Pyrex, dishes, fish tanks or light bulbs will be accepted. The city is expected to maintain its public glass drop-off sites, although the number of locations may change in the future.
City officials acknowledged that encouraging participation will be a challenge.
“Initially, we’d like to see about 3,000 customers participate,” said Public Works chief Paul Woods. “Recent polling indicated that up to 61 percent of Boiseans want curbside recycling.”
A poll of BW readers in March indicated that approximately 29 percent of those asked would pay $5-$9.99 monthly for curbside recycling. An additional 12.6 percent said they would pay $10-$13.99 per month.
Tonight, the Boise City Council will consider changes to city code to allow for a curbside, voluntary subscription glass collection program.