Opinion: How about glassphalt?

Lou McCall, Questa
Posted 4/25/19

This letter is in response to Michael Reynolds' My Turn article ("How a Disagreement Can Become the Basis of Community," April 18) about the effect of an asphalt facility on his Earthship community. …

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Opinion: How about glassphalt?

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This letter is in response to Michael Reynolds' My Turn article ("How a Disagreement Can Become the Basis of Community," April 18) about the effect of an asphalt facility on his Earthship community. While I do not have the answer to his immediate problem, I would like to share a possibility for both the town and the county of Taos to consider: glassphalt.

Perhaps taking recycled glass and grinding it up for use in paving material is familiar already? Communities around the world have been solving their glass-recycling problem by grinding up glass and using it as an alternative to sand and gravel.

Years ago the municipality of Gallup teamed up with Gallup Sand and Gravel, which processed glass from the city's recycling operation. They used it to make glassphalt for the city streets and it was actually pretty, depending on what color glass was used! It was a win-win-win until the company was sold and the new owner, who wasn't as forward-thinking, shut down the operation. It would be great if glassphalt was used in Taos County to keep our glass out of the landfill.

Lou McCall

Questa

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