Last spring the City of Coeur d’Alene Council voted to include glass recycling/reuse as part of their new solid waste contract. The City now has two locations to drop off glass! One location is in the parking lot at Cherry Hill Park, 1525 E. Hazel Avenue. The other location is in the parking lot at Bluegrass Park, 6056 N. Courcelles Parkway.
City representatives say the glass from the drop off collection program will be hauled to a crusher. The crushed glass will be used as a soil amendment or any other practical and affordable reuses.
Guidelines for Glass:
- All types of glass bottles and jars (clear and colored) are accepted.
- Please remove lids, caps, plastic bags, and cardboard boxes before depositing glass.
- Do not leave plastic or paper bags, cardboard boxes, or garbage at the drop-off sites.
- Mirrors, windows, Pyrex, dishes, fish tanks, light bulbs, fluorescent light bulbs, or ceramics are not accepted.
- Do not place items outside the glass drop box.
- Glass is not acceptable in the City’s curbside recycling program.
City staff say that glass is not accepted in the City of Coeur d’Alene’s curbside recycling bins because glass breaks.
“If broken glass gets into a load of other recyclables like paper or cardboard, it contaminates them and makes the materials unusable and unable to be recycled. In addition, glass poses a safety hazard for the workers who handle the waste.”
Those that live in the City of Hayden, Post Falls or Dalton Gardens may have access to curbside glass recycling if they are Waste Management customers.
In 2012, Kootenai Environmental Alliance helped launch the Coeur d’Alene Glass Recycling Co. pilot program to provide an outlet for community members to recycle and reuse their glass. While this program is still active, it was limited to just a couple hundred members.
In 2016, Kootenai Environmental Alliance collected more than 2,000 signatures to show the Coeur d’Alene City Council the community’s desire to expand its recycling and reuse efforts to include glass.
Thank you for joining us to help make the City of Coeur d’Alene a more sustainable community and achieve the goals of the CDA Vision 2030.
Please pass along your appreciation to City Council members and staff for bringing this to fruition!