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A place to recycle your glass is on it’s way to Quincy

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- If you've been frustrated about not being able to recycle glass in Quincy, your frustrations might be over soon.

Business owners said right now unless you have some sort of alternative plan on how to recycle glass, bottles often wind up in the trash.

But city officials said that could change soon, as there will be a place you can go to drop off glass.

"We probably use at least about 20 to 30 bottles a day," said Co-owner of Tiramasu Ilija Cucuk.

He said right now most of those bottles end up going in the dumpster, but Cucuk said given the opportunity, they would recycle, like they've done in the past.

"We used to have a friend that helped us he was a big into recycling so we used to take it once a week down to the Quincy recycle," said Cucuk, "[our friend] said that for over 10 years we did over 5000 pounds of glass."

Now Cucuk will have somewhere to take his glass again after Mayor Kyle Moore got the go-ahead at the city council meeting to sign up for a three year agreement with Ripple Glass.

"We're excited to be working with ripple glass to offer glass recycling, to our residents here in Quincy," said Moore.

Mayor Moore said it'll establish a place in Quincy where anyone can drop off glass for recycling for free.

He said as long as things go well, they'll be able to renew the program, but for now during the first 3 years they'll be testing the waters.

"We have a cost now to see 20,000. We really don't have any idea of the demand or, you know, you know how many times is going to need to be, you know, dumped in a week," said Moore, "so it's very much, kind of a pilot program."

Those who have a lot of glass to deal with said they're glad to hear a solution is on the way.

"It's really good, because we were said to just keep throwing this in a container and plus. He was fodder for our guys so this way, at least it will be a better purpose so that'll be nice," said Cucuk.

Mayor Moore said the Ripple Glass bin will be at the County Market at 48th and Broadway, and they expect it to arrive sometime in April.

City alderman said Quincy is paying 165 dollars per ton of glass to put it in a landfill the hope is that the recycling program will save money.

Mayor Moore stressed that it's important to not put other kinds of recyclable material or trash in the Ripple Glass bin, as it would increase the cost of operation.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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