City of Gallatin Installs Glass Crusher
Glass Aggregate to Be Used on City ProjectsAluminum, plastic and paper goods are the low-hanging fruit of the recycling industry because these materials have value to industry as a raw material. On the other hand, glass tends to be a burden for recycling centers because it's heavy, dangerous for workers, and unsorted glass co-mingled with other waste is virtually worthless to manufacturers of new glass.
Gallatin's Public Works Department sought to change that with their investment in a glass crusher. After receiving a grant to supplement funding of the new crusher, the new device, launched this week, gives glass a new life as a valuable construction material rather than ending up as waste in the landfill.
"It currently costs us $40 per ton to pay a 3rd party recycler to take glass, plus another $12 per ton to haul it to them. Our other option is landfilling the glass with our normal waste stream, which still cost us close to $50 per ton" said Zach Wilkinson Director of Gallatin Public Works. "So with this crusher, we're joining the ranks of many progressive cities that can divert trash from our landfills and end up with a useful product."