It has been more than a dozen years since the city of Boise tried to partner with the Ada County Highway District to dispose of its glass by grinding it into aggregate for road construction. When the glass crusher broke down,
the project was abandoned, but the glass kept accumulating.
, the mountains of glass had grown into two football field-sized, 30-foot tall mounds.
In 2011, the city of Boise proposed a glass recycling program as part of its then-new Curb It initiative. This morning, city officials announced they are adding a new collection site for the program, making a total of 16 glass recycling collection sites in Boise. The new collection spot is outside of the Albertsons store at the corner of Ustick and Five Mile roads.
The city now partners with Environmental Abrasives Warehouse to recycle glass bottles and jars, crushing the material into industrial abrasives used for cleaning or polishing metal and stone. City officials estimate that approximately 1,000 cubic yards of glass are recycled through the Curb It program each month.