Why is the city no longer accepting glass?

Many materials recovery facilities (MRFs) across the nation ended their glass programs around 2016-2017 due to a combination of factors, including ongoing maintenance issues, contamination of other valuable commodities, a drop in the market rate of commodities, and an increase in the cost to process glass due in part to contamination from mixed recyclable streams. When the local MRFs made the decision to drop glass from their list of accepted materials, it impacted all municipal governments in the area, who deliver recyclables to those MRFs, including the City of Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, the City of Greenville, and Greenville County. Local governments worked closely with the state government and private companies to find a solution to glass recycling, but were unable to find a sustainable solution.  

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1. What do you accept for recycling in the blue roll carts?
2. Why is the city no longer accepting glass?
3. Is this glass situation unique to Spartanburg?
4. Can I take my glass to the County's recycling centers?
5. How do I dispose of paint, fluorescent tubes/bulbs, batteries, hazardous materials, medications, or syringes?
6. How do I recycle an item that isn't listed on your website?
7. Why can't I recycle Styrofoam, plastic bags, etc.?
8. How do I recycle electronics, what is "e-waste," where do I recycled electronics?
9. How do I recycle tires?
10. I heard someone goes through all the trash, so there's no point in separating it into different roll carts. Is that true?
11. Do my recyclables actually get recycled, or does it all get thrown away?