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Why is it so hard to recycle glass in Surrey?

Last Updated Apr 9, 2019 at 9:13 pm PDT

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Surrey doesn't pick up glass, but their website says they accept it at junk drop events

The City of Surrey has responded to criticism online, insisting glass is being recycled at the events

SURREY (NEWS 1130) How do you recycle glass in Surrey? That’s the question after depots across the city end up trashing glass, causing some major headaches for residents.

One Surrey woman says it’s surprisingly difficult to recycle glass there.

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With several depots in Surrey not recycling glass, Amber Kennedy headed to a Pop Up Junk Drop event over the weekend with a box full of glass jars.

After changes to waste collection services, it’s one of the few ways you can recycle glass in Surrey.

“The City of Surrey doesn’t pick up glass, so we end up with bags full of non-refundable container glass,” she says. “It’s getting harder and harder to find a place to recycle the glass.”

On the city’s website, glass is listed as an accepted item at the junk drops, but when Kennedy got to the city-run event, she was told to toss her glass in the garbage.

“And they said: ‘Oh no, we’re not taking glass for recycling, throw it in the garbage.’ I said, ‘Well, I don’t want to throw it in the garbage, I want to get it recycled.'”

Kennedy says she was told multiple times it would thrown in the garbage.

” It’s really frustrating because I didn’t take the first no for an answer. I saw a bin that was full of people’s thrown out glass, and I thought, ‘Well, that’s a shame,'” she says. “And a third person also told us they weren’t going to recycle it, that glass wasn’t recyclable, and that was it.”

She was eventually able to recycle her bottles, but had to go all the way to Langley to do so. Kennedy says the city needs to look at ways of providing reliable recycling services.

The City of Surrey has responded to criticism online, apologizing for the “misinformations” and insisting glass can be recycled at the junk drops.