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Alpharetta settles glass recycling issue



ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Residents in Alpharetta can unpack their garages soon and recycle all the glass they’ve been stashing since spring.

The City Council signed a contract with Republic Services Monday to begin weekly curbside pickups later this year.

City Finance Director Tom Harris said the agreement also calls for a contract extension with Republic through the first part of 2022. The contract also allows for periodic rate adjustments based on the Consumer Price Index.

With the signed contract, Harris said the hauler expects to take delivery on extra recycling bins in November and begin service in December.

Council members voted 5-1 to implement weekly glass recycling pickup for a charge of $3 per month for Alpharetta’s 16,000 households.

“The only comments I’ve gotten from my neighbors and residents I’ve encountered is ‘Please, do something about it,’” Councilman Chris Owens said. “I know it’s been awhile…something that seems so easy when it came up turned out not to be.”

Glass recycling was halted this spring when Republic announced it could no longer accept glass items mixed in with regular household recyclables. Since then, the city has pursued other options, including installing its own collection sites for glass.

An online poll conducted earlier this year showed residents were split almost equally between three options: paying extra for separate curbside pickup; hauling their own glass recyclables to a central location; or tossing their glass in the trash.

Council members were divided initially between whether glass recycling collections should be weekly or biweekly. The cost for biweekly collections was $2.39 per month.

The general consensus among the council Monday, however, was that weekly collections would eliminate confusion among residents about when to set out their bins.

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