But now, Alpharetta residents have just two choices after the city’s negotiations with its waste collection provider have stalled. Folks in this north Fulton city can either haul their glass to the recycling center in Roswell themselves, or throw it in the trash with other garbage.
James Drinkard, Alpharetta’s assistant city administrator, said the city’s finance director is working to get the best deal for the residents. In April, it was noted that to keep glass recycling would cost residents an extra $3 per month.
For Alpharetta, the change in recycling comes after recycling companies began advising local governments that they would soon stop accepting single-stream recycling. While cardboard and paper are considered valuable, recycling companies say that glass can damage recycling equipment, produce shards that can injure workers and glass has a poor cost to revenue ratio to recycle.
Alpharetta is asking its residents to temporarily stop placing glass items in their recycling bins.