New Shepherdstown recycling policy no longer accepts glass

Town officials haven't made any official plans for what's next

SHEPHERDSTOWN,WVa. - Recycling took a big blow recently as many areas have announced they will no longer accept glass.

That includes Shepherdstown, where the news has been cause for alarm and residents, business owners and town officials are looking for new ways to keep glass out of landfills.

"I was appalled and very disappointed,” said Shepherdstown resident, Ami Sessler.

Put down that glass bottle, and listen up.

This week the Shepherdstown recycling vendor, apple valley waste announced that they will no longer accept glass of any color, saying that there is no longer a demand for glass.

"For me it was kind of a shock and for a lot of people they don't completely understand how it doesn't a market,” said Mellow Moods Cafe Owner, Philip Mastrangelo.

Philp Mastrangelo is part of a large group in down that plans to keep recycling despite the change, even if it means more work.

"Now we're going to have to either sort it ourselves as we recycle it or we're going to have to start labeling and explaining to people,” said Mastrangelo.

City leaders share the concern. In a face book post town officials said "We apologize and are disheartened by this change. The corporation is exploring alternatives for the town's glass products."

Others in town are already taking action; options being discussed include resurfacing the unused glass or establishing other ways to collect bottles that can then be transported for processing.

They are keeping in mind the need to make the process as easy as possible to encourage participation.

"If it's not convenient the American public isn't going to do it,” said Sessler.

As for specific plans from the town they haven't said, but we'll keep you posted when they do.

The decision to step glass recycling is being made elsewhere across the country.

Locally Berkeley County still accepts glass, which despite the travel remains an option for some in Shepherdstown looking for recycle.

 

 


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