The test for Ballarat's new no-glass recycling scheme was going to be finding a local market for the glass dropped off by residents - two recycling companies are working hard to find the solution.
Clark's Recycling and Vic Waste Solutions, in neighbouring warehouses in Wendouree, have picked up hundreds of tonnes of glass, broken and intact, since the scheme began in October.
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Clark's is sorting the larger pieces by colour, creating jobs in the process - each part is sorted by hand.
Director Kevin Clark said it was important to ensure there was no contamination, as glass processors were only interested in getting the right colour.
He said residents should know their glass was going to be recycled.
"It might seem hard, people taking it to the drop-off points, but it's created a couple of jobs for people," he said.
"Tonnes are coming through, people are responding to the no-glass policy really well."
Next door, Vic Waste Solutions is receiving between 15 to 20 tonnes each week, and has hired a glass crusher for the trial period as well, according to director Jon Kennedy.
"We're trying to do something here locally with it, rather than freight it away and end up with some of the other problems," he said.
"We're really happy with it so far, we've got some businesses and people we're working with who are keen to trial this material and see if we can get something going long term."
When state Opposition Leader Michael O'Brien toured the site last weekend, Mr Kennedy had a stockpile of 110 tonnes of crushed glass, about five or six weeks' worth, he said.
He also showed off a sample of the fully crushed glass, which is sand that can be used for concrete or road base.
"We'd like a lot more, the material we're getting here is from the good-willed people of Ballarat who are taking their glass to the pass on glass stations," he said.
"There's still a lot going to landfill (in people's rubbish bins), but the good thing for us is the guys who are using the pass on glass bins are people who are passionate about recycling,we're getting good clean product, limited contamination."
City of Ballarat mayor Ben Taylor said the hunt was on for a crushed glass buyer.
"The problem is the cost associated with it - we're able to run the trials, put together the business case for it, so what do we need, as we're looking at contracts, is how do we keep the costs down," he said.
"We actually don't have a sector that is going to take some of those streams (of recyclables).
"We're out there researching ourselves, trying to find those markets so nothing's going to landfill, all of it's going to a process where it's being used for products."
He added it was encouraging to see how well residents had adapted to the no-glass policy so far.
"People are pretty good in Ballarat, they've started sorting, contamination's down, and really you've got to compliment Ballarat as a city to be able to do that, but we need to keep doing better," he said.
"For us, it's all about how do we deal with our recycling and our waste, and how do we do it more efficiently and effectively."
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