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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • City expands glass recycling

  • The city of Leavenworth has changed the company that handles it's glass recycling, expanding the type of glass accepted at the city's Recycling Center.
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  • The city of Leavenworth has changed the company that handles it's glass recycling, expanding the type of glass accepted at the city's Recycling Center.
    "And they don't have to sort it," said Melissa Bower, public information officer for the city.
    The change comes after the city switched it's glass recycling to Ripple Glass, Kansas City, Mo.
    In the past, city officials accepted only clear, green and brown colored glass. But any color of glass now is accepted at the Recycling Center.
    "It's just an extra benefit for residents," Bower said.
    Only bottles and jars can be accepted. People are asked not to bring tempered glass or ceramic objects.
    The Recycling Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It is located at the intersection of Lawrence Avenue and Halderman Street, one block west of the Municipal Service Center. Use of the center is free.
    Glass containers can be placed in the receptacle marked "glass." Lids from the containers should be removed.
    With the switch to Ripple Glass, the city also will collect money for the glass residents recycle. The city will receive $15 per ton to directly deliver the materials to Ripple Glass, according to Bower.
    The glass delivered to Ripple Glass is placed onto a conveyor belt and metals are removed by magnet. The glass is reused for bottle manufacturing and fiberglass manufacturing, according to information provided to the city by Ripple Glass Executive Director Stacia Stelk.

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