Why is glass being separated from other recyclables?

The most efficient method of recycling glass is through a process where it is not contaminated with any other materials. When glass is mixed in with single-stream recycling, it can break during collection, transport and processing. This makes it difficult to separate from other materials and achieve successful recycling. 

Oftentimes, the quality of glass from a materials recovery facility (MRF), cannot be recycled into new glass containers, and is reused for alternative daily cover (ADC) instead. ADC refers to the use of a material other than soil as a daily cover for a landfill, which is required by federal regulations to improve health and safety around a landfill.

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1. I pay for curbside recycling. Can I still place my glass in my curbside cart?
2. Why is glass being separated from other recyclables?
3. Why is recycling glass important?
4. What if I have broken glass?
5. Why do I have to empty liquids and rinse food residue?
6. I have glass products that you do not accept. What do I do with it?
7. Why is the glass being taken to O-I Glass?
8. What does this new program cost the County?
9. Why is the United Way of the Greater Peninsula the recipient of the charitable donation?
10. Where can I learn more about O-I Glass?