Sequim Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 28, 2022
Waste Connections proudly continues to provide glass recycling services to customers in Clallam County
(SEQUIM, WA) — When the City of Port Angeles took over operations of the Port Angeles Regional Transfer Station and the Blue Mountain Transfer Station on March 1, and despite having nearly a year to prepare to provide services, glass recycling at those locations ceased.
"We can't speak to what is happening in Port Angeles regarding the absence of glass recycling. The City notified us in March 2021 that it was going to terminate our contract and take over operations. We don’t understand why the City is not providing glass recycling services to its residents after having nearly a year to prepare,” said Matt O’Connell, Division Vice President.
“We are saddened to hear that the City of Port Angeles is asking its residents to throw glass away. We can ensure that all the glass given to us by our customers is, in fact, being recycled. Simply put, if you are still a Waste Connections customer in Clallam County outside the City of Port Angeles, your glass will be recycled,” O’Connell added.
GLASS RECYCLING REMAINS CONSISTENT FOR THE REST OF CLALLAM COUNTY
As part of a contract with the City of Sequim, for instance—a city Waste Connections has proudly served for 15 years—there are two glass depository drop off sites where residents have and will continue to have access to glass recycling. The two locations are: Hemlock and 2nd Avenue and Evergreen Collision on East Washington Street.
“Our number one priority has always been our customers and the people we serve. Because there has been recent confusion about glass recycling in Clallam County and specifically the City of Sequim, we want to let all of our customers know that we will continue to pick up glass at those two community container locations. So, we are encouraging residents and businesses to deposit their glass there. We’ll pick it up,” said O’Connell.
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE GLASS WE TAKE FOR RECYCLING?
Waste Connections collects glass from the two depository locations and brings it to Concrete Recyclers in Tumwater, WA. There the glass is sustainably recycled by being crushed and used as pipe and trench backfill, backfill prior to pouring concrete, or used as a replacement of sand and pea gravel for construction applications. Construction contractors appreciate how well it drains and compacts. It makes a good substitute to sand and gravel and has been used in numerous construction projects around the region.
We are so happy to support this idea of creating an important and sustainable product from your recycled glass. There are many ways glass can be recycled here in the state of Washington. The theory that there are no facilities within the State accepting glass is simply not true,” said O’Connell. “We don’t want our customers to think their hands are tied. There are options and there are solutions.”
During the 15 years Waste Connections had been operating the Port Angeles Regional Transfer Station and the Blue Mountain Transfer Station, drivers were taking all commercial and residential glass from those sites to Concrete Recyclers to be recycled.
If you live inside the City of Sequim and have commercial or residential glass that needs to be recycled, please drop it off at the community containers located at Hemlock and 2nd Avenue or Evergreen Collision on East Washington Street.
We’re happy to continue to serve our customers throughout Clallam County as we have for more than 50 years.