Glass Wall Beautifies Waste Facility
by Mary E. Hill
Sonoma County Department of Transportation and Public Works is taking
waste diversion very seriously. The administration building at the central
landfill exemplifies that fact.
The environmentally conscious facility
makes it clear to visitors that recycling is a priority right from the
moment you pull into a parking space. The wheel stops themselves were
created using 70% post-consumer recycling plastic. The manufacturing process
that was used to develop them allows a mixture of various plastics to
be incorporated without costly sorting.
As you enter the building, the entryway
is tiled with flooring made of old windshields from trucks, cars and airplanes,
as well as glass scrap. The carpeting is composed of recycled plastic
soda bottles and even the walls are covered with recycled latex paint.
The most charming feature of the building
is the wall constructed with wine bottles. The green and amber bottles
were cut in half, taped and then caulked with silicone, forming a beautiful,
The design and concept for the bottle
wall was originally used in an area of the landfill dubbed Recycletown.
Recycletown is operated under contract by an organization called Garbage
The yard at Recycletown features buildings
made from discarded building materials and is designed to look like a
frontier town. Volunteers from the area built the entire project. Their
goal was to inspire Recycletown visitors to incorporate the building ideas
in their own endeavors.
The two main buildings are pole barns,
and have official permits from the building department. The electronics
building features the bottle wall that inspired Sonoma County to create
one of their own.