April 14th, 2022 – 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 sand bags, 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,

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.”

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.”

Media Release: City of Flagler Beach