The city of Corpus Christi held a glass collection event in the parking lot of Walmart in Calallen. The collection was part of city efforts to encourage residents to bring in any unwanted or old waste glass that would otherwise end up in the landfill. Glass is not part of the normal weekly neighborhood collections and the only option other than throwing them in the trash are the quarterly glass recycling collections.

Javier Molina and Jaime Clark are city employees who were out at Walmart helping the public to recycle their unwanted glass. According to Molina, the city of Corpus Christi has glass recycling events every three to six months depending on the weather and other factors.

“People look forward to these events and will save their glass. Sometimes we get a ton of glass,” said Molina. The two steel containers that were brought to the Walmart parking lot had three separate compartments for the brown, green, and clear glass. Glass that was not any of those three colors was set aside in a small plastic recycling bin separate from the bins. The containers are considered full when the glass is up to the windows where it is thrown. Molina also added, “we get very positive feedback, people are always asking when and where the next one will be.”

Resident Hal Donaldson brought several bottles that he had not used in a long time. “I made wine for several years but had not made any in the last couple of years,” said Donaldson, “This is my first time doing this, but it's nice that they do this.” Donaldson stated that since he'd brought all of the glass from his home, that he would not need to come back again.

At some points during the morning there were lulls were Clark and Molina could make sure that the bins were level. At other times vehicles were lined up ready to recycle. “It's always good to encourage the public to participate. Sometimes we get volunteers, school groups will come out and help,” said Molina, “We do it in different locations to give a chance to different parts of the city. But people will go as long as they find out ahead of time.”

For more information on the City of Corpus Christi's next glass recycling event, please visit www.cctexas.com/government/solid-waste-services/index.