DABC launches trial recycling program

DABC launches trial recycling program (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) - The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control announced a new glass recycling initiative Monday.

At 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6th, Momentum Recycling will install a glass collection pod in the parking lot of the State Wine Store at 280 West Harris Avenue as part of the pilot program.

The pod will remain in the parking lot on a trial basis for at least a month. If the program is successful, the DABC plans to expand the program to other liquor stores.

“There’s too many broken bottles around everywhere, the most of any state I’ve been to. And nobody picks it up,” said one Salt Lake resident, Dave Roberts.

Another Salt Lake resident said her neighborhood already recycles glass, but she supported the initiative.

“Yeah, I think it’s great! They ought to grind it up and do something,” said Robynn Saracino.

Momentum Recycling will maintain the pods and empty them on a weekly basis.

“We just hope this will be more convenient,” said president and C.E.O. of Momentum, John Lair. “If you’re going to the liquor store to shop, what better an opportunity to just bring your empty glass there before you shop for your beverages.”

Lair said they are providing the service for free since they make money off of the processed glass.

“It’s collected here, recycled here, turned back into product right here in Utah!” Lair said. “For us, getting the glass in exchange is a fair exchange.”

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