Actually glass has not been recyclable at UT for many years. Containers were just poorly marked in the past. The main reason we do not accept glass is because it is a safety concern. Almost every time someone tosses a glass bottle into a recycling container, it breaks making it very difficult to handle the bag of recycling. We do not want the custodians who empty the containers or my student workers who process the material to get hurt.
We have found a local company, Bottle Breakers, to take our glass, but it has to be separated by color: clear, green, and brown. This would require 3 additional containers just for glass with each recycling station. At this time it is not feasible.
Glass is a perplexing commodity because it is great to recycle, it can be infinitely recycled without it losing strength or quality. However, the colors have to be kept separate, making collection difficult. And because of its heavy weight and safety issues, transportation is very difficult as well. Rest assured Rocket Recycling is constantly working to find a solution and if we do, we will be sure to inform the campus!