The collection process is only a small piece of the recycling process.
Curbside collection of post-consumer glass bottles is not ideal for the recycling process. Glass is transported, compacted, loaded and reloaded before it even reaches Polk’s third party recycling company. Because it is very easily broken, it can embed in other materials contaminating them.
One of the biggest struggles for manufacturing/packaging companies with selling or buying post-consumer glass is the abundance of readily-available, natural, domestic materials (sand, soda ash, and limestone) to make new glass. Without a use or demand for the recycled material, in this case post-consumer glass – it does not move forward in the recycling process.
There are currently no commercial manufacturers in Florida accepting post-consumer glass for recycling purposes.