June 12 2017 04:41 PM

Just west of El Paso, Texas, is the Dona Ana County International Airport, and visitors have been taking notice of a recent landscape decision to replace gravel with brown crushed grass. “Just about everybody who visits the office has commented on it,” said William Provance, manager of the airport. “It sparkles in the sunlight, and people like to walk in the crushed glass to see what it feels like, so we have to keep smoothing it over.”

The crushed glass is called ‘cullet’ and the airport sourced it from the South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA), who make the cullet from recycled bottles and jars. “Over the past eight months, we delivered approximately 30 tons of crushed glass for the landscape project at the Jetport,” said Tarkeysha Burton, SCSWA recycling coordinator. The glass is safe to walk on and won’t cut your fingers if it’s gently scooped up.

“The goal here was improving without a major investment,” said Provance. “We’ve found the glass does not blow around, even in very strong winds.” More construction is planned on the jetport grounds this summer, and more cullet will be needed around those grounds when they are completed.

Burton encourages other businesses to take advantage of this option as well. “Hopefully, other facilities will be able to partner with us, to benefit in the way the jetport has.”