You asked: Disposing of glass safely, properly

Published 9:20 pm Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Q: Is there a way I can throw away broken glass safely?

A:Broken glass and other sharp items are physical hazards. Broken glass has the potential to be a health hazard as well.

Doug Atkins, division manager at Waste Pro, asks customers to place any kind of sharp objects or broken glass in a plastic container or bag it so that the glass can’t cut someone.

“We cannot pick up any kind of loose glass. Glass must be in some sort of secure container where it can’t cut any of the helpers,” Atkins said.

He said they have employees who tip carts in the back of the truck and they are the workers who would most likely be injured if glass isn’t properly contained.

“Garbage bags have to be strong enough to hold what’s in there,” Atkins said. “When they are tipping those carts or garbage containers, you don’t want any broken glass to come out of the bag.”

Unfortunately, recycling glass is not an option.

“We don’t accept any sort of glass recycling, because there is currently no glass recycler business in Brookhaven that we can take it to,” said Atkins.