Glass is a commodity with a zero-or even negative-value. Recycling companies will likely stop taking glass in the near future (or will charge us for taking it). Our answer was to begin separating and crushing glass, here on island, to create useful, reusable material that stays right here on Orcas. Since the purchase of “Big Blue”, our glass crushing machine, we have crushed over 150 tons of glass, saving thousands of dollars shipping glass off the island. Besides many uses for art projects and landscaping, geologic testing shows the crushed glass meets WA DOT standards for about 20 uses in place of other aggregate, like sand.