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Councilman demonstrates potential uses for recycled glass in Tucson

Councilman proves recycled glass can be put to good use
Posted at 10:34 PM, Jan 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-14 10:39:51-05

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The City of Tucson is using a new project to save money and help the environment. The city is using crushed glass to help with construction projects, and are testing the process on a city building.

The Ward 6 office bought a glass crusher a couple of weeks ago, hoping to use it to fill up sandbags.

However, Councilman Steve Kozachik had a more ambitious idea.

“We can use it for the concrete. We can use it for asphalt and to fill potholes,” Kozachik told KGUN9.

Three weeks after getting the glass crusher, the sand was mixed with cement and poured into the entryway of the Ward 6 office. The entryway was cracked and uneven due to root damage.

Kozachik hopes the city will consider taking this project from a retail to a commercial scale.

“The City of Tucson is losing half a million dollars a year recycling glass, selling it for a loss. We can do better than that,” he added.

He also says this project will help the environment by keeping glass out of the landfill.

While he assures there are many positive sides to this project, he says there are also downsides.

“I’m spending too many hours in the garage crushing bottles and going home smelling like a brewery,” Kozachik told KGUN9.

However, he says he’s proud of what this project has achieved in its short time.

“When people walk into the Ward 6 office, they’ll be walking on glass, and they’ll be walking on a concept that can be taken to retail that is going to save the city money and turn that glass into a productive use,” said Kozachik.

For more information on this project, call the Ward 6 office.