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Flagler Beach’s New Glass Recycling Program

A demonstration of “Big Blue” will happen during a press conference on April 21st.

Big Blue, Flagler Beach’s new glass recycling machine. Photo from Flagler Beach Government.

By: Katie Dockhorn

The City of Flagler Beach, in conjunction with Earth Day 2022, is proud to announce that we’ll be embarking on a new glass recycling initiative in April of this year.


The Flagler Beach City Commission approved the purchase of a machine that our City Sanitation Department can use to recycle glass products. We are excited to introduce the machine, nicknamed “Big Blue,” and to demonstrate how it will transform residents’ recycled glass into useable products. The machine pulverizes the recycled glass and creates both glass sand and glass gravel. These products can be used to create sandbags, decorative landscape mulch, drainage, and more!

Starting Wednesday, May 4th, 2022, Flagler Beach residents can recycle their glass products in their blue recycling bin with their aluminum and tin products. Residents are asked to separate their corrugated cardboard from the blue recycling bin. For now, we are not recycling plastic and are working on identifying local recycling options.

Flagler Beach Mayor Suzie Johnston and the entire City Commission are extremely excited about this new endeavor, and as a City, we’ll be hosting a Press Conference as follows:

Date: April 21st , 2022
Time: 10:00 am
Location: City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is located at 2000 Avenue A, Flagler Beach, FL 32136.

Mayor Johnston stated, “We are proud that the City of Flagler Beach runs our own recycling program and that residents’ items are truly recycled. We’ll now be able to recycle more than 12 tons of glass a week.” News Release – New Glass Recycling Program According to the Glass Packaging Institute, “Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity” and “over a ton of natural resources are saved for every ton of glass recycled”.

When asked about how important this equipment is to our community, our City Manager, Mr. William Whitson, added “The addition of Big Blue is a game-changer. This will allow Flagler Beach to positively impact the environment while also creating a product that people can use and enjoy.”

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