CHARLESTON, W.Va. - It's only been a week since it resumed accepting glass, but the recycling center on Slack Street has already experienced a steady flow of people dropping off their glass containers.
"There's been a boatload (of glass)," said George Hunyadi, who runs the recycling center.
The recycling center stopped accepting glass last year because of structural issues at the facility. It began accepting glass again on June 3.
Under the latest system, glass is collected in three containers, with one each for brown, clear and green glass. Once the bins are full, they are taken to an on-site crusher, which reduces the glass to small pellets about 3/8 inch in diameter.
The crushed glass can be used as decoration for gardens or as a gravel substitute for parking lots. Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority Director James Young said that even local artists have been interested in the glass pellets.
"For us so far, everything's been completely positive," he said.
Anyone can haul away the pellets for free from a pile behind the recycling center office.