Eugene and Springfield residents' recycled glass is trucked to landfills to be crushed and spread on landfill roads or drainage, rather than being smelted and made into new bottles.
That doesn’t conform to the ideals held by recycling purists. The theory behind collecting used glass is that glass manufacturers can save big amounts of energy by using waste glass in the glassblowing process, rather than making new glass from scratch from silica. Using waste glass cuts energy costs by a third or more, a good thing for society as a whole, experts say.
But for garbage haulers, it’s often cheaper to send waste glass to landfills for roads or drainage use. And that’s legal under Oregon’s recycling rules.
Read more at The Statesman Journal.