Alpharetta moves to keep curbside glass recycling

Alpharetta residents could continue putting out glass with their other recyclables for curbside pickup, but they’d have to pay more for trash collection and use a separate 18-gallon bin for glass under a proposal being considered by the City Council.

At its regular meeting April 10 the Council directed staff to compare the costs of weekly versus monthly glass pickups so the final parameters of the program can be set, according to Assistant City Administrator James Drinkard.

Beginning later this month, Alpharetta’s waste hauler no longer will allow glass to be mixed in with other recyclables picked up at the curb.

When the city gave residents three choices in a poll conducted in March, about 39 percent said it should discontinue glass recycling; 24 percent endorsed a glass drop-off at a central location and 37 percent opted to continue curbside glass recycling at an additional $3 per month in trash collection fees. The Council is going with the third solution.