The city of Boise and Republic Services have worked together to reduce the fee for voluntary curbside glass collection by nearly half, to $5.50 a month, starting in March.
“The launch of curbside glass recycling last fall was highly anticipated, but many residents told us the price tag was out of reach for many families,” said Boise Mayor David Bieter. “So I’m thrilled the city of Boise and Republic Services have worked together to make the program more cost-effective and accessible, and it will make our city even more sustainable.”
Republic Services and city officials made lowering the price a priority during annual rate negotiations this winter. The hope is that a decreased cost for the voluntary service will increase the number of customers, driving costs down with the potential savings being used for future solid waste service enhancements.
“Whether it’s Compressed Natural Gas trucks, no-sort curbside recycling, and now voluntary glass collection, our goal is to work with the city to create programs and services that control costs and meet customers needs,” said Republic Services Idaho General Manager Dave Fisher.
Residents and commercial customers can sign-up for curbside glass collection service at www.curbitboise.org or call 384-3735. The service is $5.50 per month for one extra 65-gallon glass-only gray cart (NO GLASS allowed in blue no-sort recycling carts.) Service begins the following month after a customer signs up.
The glass is crushed locally by Environmental Abrasives. The Boise-based company reuses the material for industrial products such as blasting medium. The company has been crushing glass since the middle of last summer (2011). Crushing glass locally avoids out of state shipping costs, reduces the use of fuel and our carbon footprint and saves landfill space.
Along with voluntary curbside collection, the City still maintains the 17 drop-off collection sites located throughout Boise.