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Posted on: June 4, 2019

157 Tons: Pocatello Sanitation Dept. Celebrates First Year of Glass Recycling Program

Glass recycling dumpsters in the City Hall parking lot.

The City of Pocatello Sanitation Department is celebrating its first full year of glass recycling Tuesday. 


Since June 2018, 157.31 tons or 314,620 pounds of glass have been collected through the program, just over 5.5 pounds of glass per Pocatellan. 


“We’re excited by the response we’ve seen from the public and their desire to keep glass out of the landfill,” said Debbie Brady, Recycling Coordinator with the City of Pocatello Sanitation Department. “We have even had to put additional containers at the Albertsons and City Hall locations to accommodate the overflow of glass.”


The glass recycling program is a partnership between the City of Pocatello Sanitation Department and Momentum Recycling. Glass that is collected around the community is sent to Momentum’s facility in Salt Lake City. The recycled glass, or cullet, is utilized in making fiberglass insulation, bottles, bricks, and sandblast media. 


“We’ve been extremely pleased with our partnership with Pocatello,” said John Lair, President and Chief Executive Officer of Momentum Recycling. “The community has recycled over 150 tons of glass in the past year, and the rate is increasing. We know that with a little more time and effort, Pocatello can have the highest glass recycling rate in Idaho.”


Glass recycling dumpsters are accessible 24/7 and can be found at the following locations: 


Sister City Park – Pocatello Creek Road and Satterfield Drive

Portneuf Wellness Complex – 2375 Olympus Drive

Pocatello City Hall – 911 North 7th Avenue

Ridley’s – 911 North Main Street

Albertson’s – 330 East Benton Street

Old Town Pavilion – 420 North Union Pacific Avenue

Idaho State University – Holt Arena

Bannock County Landfill – 1500 North Fort Hall Mine Road

Western Recycling – 3034 Garrett Way

Edson Fichter Parking – 570 Cheyenne Avenue (next to Indian Hills Elementary)


“We are always looking for additional locations,” Brady said. “If residents would like to suggest a potential location for a dumpster, call department staff at 208-234-6192 or reach out via email at dbrady@pocatello.us.”


A list of approved items can be found at pocatello.us/701/Glass-Recycling. Porcelain, ceramics, automotive, mirrors, and light bulbs will not be accepted. Residents are asked not to place glass items into their blue, recycling autocarts. 


More information on the glass recycling program and all the services provided by the City of Pocatello Sanitation Department can be found at pocatello.us/sanitation


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