Today’s Editorial for March 27: Glass recycling welcome, needed

It may seem too early to talk about Earth Day, but it’s never too early to talk about recycling.

The National Trust, in celebration of Earth Day, will begin crushing glass jars and bottles beginning next Monday.

Island Supply is loaning the Trust a bottle crushing machine for the entire month of April.

Now the Trust is making an appeal to all who live in the Cayman Islands to rinse out their bottles and jars and get them to the Trust at the National Trust Visitor’s Centre on South Church Street by 1 April.

Empty glass bottles and jars are the most common type of glass waste produced by consumers.

Our landfill is chock full of glass bottles from restaurants, businesses, bars and our homes.

Bottles litter our roadways and beaches, where if broken, become hazards to barefoot beachcombers.

There are many uses for recycled glass. It can be broken down into glass-sand and used for sandblasting, landfill cover, beach sand, sand traps, hydroponics or in aggregate form for roads.

If enough people get involved in recycling glass we’re sure someone will come up with a way to use it.

Frankly we’re surprised that more companies or groups don’t already recycle glass.

We also find it surprising that most bars and restaurants don’t recycle cans and bottles.

Caybrew is being a good corporate neighbour by recycling the bottles it puts beer in. It’s incumbent on the consumer to make sure the bottles get back to the brewery, though.

We’ve used this space in the past to make a plea for a recycling scheme in the Cayman Islands.

Frankly we should all be practicing curb -side recycling where we separate out glass, plastic, aluminium and paper.

We’re sure most people wouldn’t mind doing it if they were assured the trash was actually going to be recycled and not just dumped on Mount Trashmore.

Everyone can do their part to recycle at home by reusing items they would normally throw away.

Kudos to the National Trust for offering us glass bottle crushing for the month of April.

Maybe the idea will catch on and recycling will become as normal as breathing.

If we don’t start taking better care of our environment we soon won’t have one to care about.

Frankly we should all be practicing curb- side recycling where we separate out glass, plastic, aluminium and paper.

We’re sure most people wouldn’t mind doing it if they were assured the trash was actually going to be recycled and not just dumped on Mount Trashmore.