A recycling programme has been discontinued after the closure of a US glass manufacturing facility.
The Keep Waco Beautiful organisation said it had stopped of glass recycling services through the Glass4Good Program in Waco, USA following the closure of the Owens-Illinois glass manufacturing plant.
The bins will be pulled before the October 16th O-I facility end date of operations.
Residents can still recycle glass at Cobb’s Recycling Center.
Keep Waco Beautiful said: "The recent announcement of the Owens-Illinois glass plant's closure has disrupted our ability to sustain glass recycling in our community.
“This plant's closure, which has been a vital partner in our recycling efforts, leaves a significant void in our glass recycling initiatives that we are actively trying to fill.
“While we are disheartened by this turn of events, Keep Waco Beautiful remains committed to our mission of advocating for environmental sustainability in our city.
“We understand the importance of recycling, including glass, in reducing waste and conserving resources. Therefore, we are actively collaborating with various organisations, including the City of Waco, to explore alternative solutions for glass recycling in our community.”
O-I recently announced it will shut its 79-year-old glass packaging factory in Waco, Texas, which employs 300 people.
The closure means the end of local drop-off collections through the Glass4Good programme.
In a financial disclosure, O-I said it expects to record a $60 million charge associated with the closure of the plant, including $32 million in impairment of assets such as furnaces and machinery and $28 million from employee separation benefits and other costs related to the closing.
“The company remains strongly focused on optimising the overall efficiency of, and investments in, its regional plant network, and the decision to close the Waco plant is consistent with the company’s previously communicated initiatives to improve performance across its operations,” the disclosure stated.