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Sioux City to stop accepting glass in curbside containers

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

It's a move that will impact thousands of Sioux City residents.  Sioux City is changing the way it recycles.

Monday night, council members voted to stop accepting glass curbside.  Two years ago, the city began taking glass as a way to encourage more recycling.

The glass is separated at this recycling center in Omaha, Nebraska, then crushed, and reused as landfill bedding.

However, officials say there are better ways to recycle, and the city will save money by not hauling it to Omaha.

They also point out that glass contaminates the paper and plastic in the bin, and cuts the value of the material in half.

"You have a lot of shards, a lot of glass that stays with the paper, with the plastics and that sort of thing.  That causes injuries, that causes issues with the machines, causes issues down the line when they're trying to actually recycle those more recyclable products," explained Derek Carmona, Sioux City's Environmental Services Analyst.

By law, the city has to provide a way to recycle glass.

Right now, you can drop it off at the old landfill, for free.  The city is looking into other drop off locations.

City council member, Dr. Tom Padgett worries the change will discourage recycling.

"We've got people into the mood now that we have a single stream, and now we're saying, 'well we have a single string with the exception of glass, but we're not going to give you another container, and deal with that separately, but we gonna let you drive to the landfill,' which is not convenient for a lot of people," said Dr. Padgett.

The council has to pass three readings of the measure before it goes on the books.  The first, passed unanimously.

The city will continue to accept glass curbside until the final vote.

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