Many a generation of Americans grew up carrying pop bottles to the corner convenience store to trade in for a coin or two that could be used to buy candy.
But the bottle, the good old reliable bottle, is no longer considered a commodity valuable enough to reuse.
That’s why businesses and municipalities, including Fort Walton Beach, have decided to quit accepting them as recyclables.
“You can produce glass faster than you can recycle it,” said Jerry Gunn, the city’s solid waste supervisor. “And glass gets less and less valuable as it goes through the (recycling) process.”