Waste Management District to Implement Glass Only Recycling

Fishers Island Waste Management District
P.O. Box 22
Fishers Island, NY 06390

Commissioners:
Gregory Thibodeau, Chair

John Patterson, Treasurer
Sarah Malinowski, Secretary
Bruce Hubert

Dear Islanders,

The Fishers Island Waste Management District has been looking for viable solutions to help reduce the amount of waste that is shipped off the island. One of the areas of concern is the amount of bottles and cans that are sent off. While the flow in the off seasons slows down, during the summer months, a thirty-yard dumpster will fill in a day and a half. The bottle and can dumpsters are the highest quantity of dumpsters sent out each month. In an effort to reduce this, the District recently purchased a glass grinding machine. This machine will grind the glass down to both 1/8” and 3/8” particles. The glass can then be used as a clean fill. Taking the glass out of the trash flow will help reduce the quantity of dumpsters leaving the island and also put the glass to good use.

Starting January 1, 2018, all glass containers will have to be collected separately from plastic and metal. The containers are to be rinsed cleaned and will be collected in special “GLASS ONLY” dumpsters at the Transfer Station. The District has purchased 13-gallon recycling totes for each residence on the island. These will be made available for free (one per residence) and can be picked up at the District Office during normal business hours. We will notify you when they are available in early December. Please remember, any glass container should be rinsed clean before depositing at the Transfer Station.

Sincerely,

Alan R. Thibodeau
Operations Manager
Fishers Island Waste Management District
Tele 631-788-7455
Fax 631-788-7451
fiwastemanagement@gmail.com

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Glass Grinder

Test run on our new glass grinding machine. The grinder will take the glass down to 1/8" and 3/8" pieces. The grinded glass can then be used as fill. It is the District's hope to utilize this machine to help recycle the glass locally and reduce the amount of material that has to be shipped off the island. During a typical summer, a 30 yard dumpster for bottles and cans will fill in a day and a half. The vast majority of the material is glass bottles. If you are interested in seeing a demonstration, please call the Operations Office (788-7459) and we will set up a time to show you.

Posted by Fishers Island Waste Management District on Friday, September 15, 2017

Video: Test run on our new glass grinding machine. The grinder takes the glass down to 1/8″ and 3/8″ pieces. The ground glass can then be used as fill. The District plans to utilize this machine to help recycle the glass locally and reduce the amount of material that has to be shipped off the island. If you are interested in seeing a demonstration, please call the Operations Office (788-7459) and we will set up a time to show you.

Finished product.

This finished product after everything is separated (ie. metal and plastic caps, paper labels, …). The product is smooth enough that you can run you hand through it. The finer product goes through a 1/8" screen and the larger product is through the 3/8" screen.

Posted by Fishers Island Waste Management District on Friday, September 15, 2017

Video: This is the finished product after everything is separated including paper labels. The product is smooth enough that you can run your hand through it.

Crushed post-consumer glass is known in the industry as “cullet” and the uses for recycled glass are endless. Here are some ways – how would you use it? (Click the images for a larger picture.)

Crushed Glass Fun Facts:

As a base material, recycled glass enhances the performance of gravel in an aggregate mix and, in some cases, stands alone as a base.

Unlike wood, glass mulch doesn’t absorb moisture, which improves water delivery while reducing the frequency of watering.

Recycled glass is used to make “glassphalt,” a material that is applied to roads, highways and even airport runways to make these surfaces less slippery and less prone to cracking.

Glass bottles and jars can be ground up to be used as a substitute for sand and crushed gravel for paving and construction purposes. lass pulverized to the consistency of sand as aggregate for asphalt paving projects. Glass ground to a pellet-like consistency can be used in place of crushed gravel as drainage backfill material for foundation drains, retaining walls, utility trenches, and base courses for concrete slabs.

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