In late August, glass recycling free to the public will return to Vigo County. Karrum Nasser, executive director of the Vigo County Solid Waste Management District, has reached a three-year contract agreement with Strategic Materials Inc. in Indianapolis. Strategic Materials will haul glass for $100 per container, charged to the district, under the agreement. The company also provides the container, which Nasser plans to repaint for use at the district’s recycling center at 3230 E. Haythorne Ave.

“We will paint it green, which is a universal recycling color, so it will be a standalone open-top container for glass alone,” he said. “It has bars along the top to protect it from kids or others from climbing in.” To be clear, residents should not add glass to their current, at-home recycling containers being picked up by Republic Services. Republic does not accept glass. This service provided by the waste district is for Vigo County residents and will be for drop-off at the Haythorne Avenue location only.

In addition, a new concrete pad will be installed for the large metal container. Nasser plans to submit bids for that work for approval next month before the Vigo County Solid Waste District board. The district now has two 30-yard containers that each hold about 1 1/2 ton of recyclables, each on a concrete pad, for recycling; they are are emptied daily. The district has increased its overall recycling from 8 tons a month to about 35 tons per month, Nasser said.

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