Organizers of an organic glass recycling project in California are preparing for a potential shutdown.
Organizers of a glass recycling program in California say they’re preparing to close their doors for the first time since February because of a lack of funds.
The Los Angeles-based Glass Pipes and Organics Project announced the plan for the new year, saying it needed to shut down operations because of the state’s budget crisis.
It was set to begin this month.
The project was funded by the state of California, the city of Los Angeles and a number of private foundations, according to the group’s website.
It is now scheduled to close its doors Jan. 15, 2018.
The group has been in the business of recycling glass and plastic for 20 years.
The goal is to recycle more than 5 million tons of glass per year.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture is the state agency that manages the program.
It’s not clear if the agency will continue to administer the program after the end of the year.
The department did not respond to a request for comment.
Glass pipes and organics recyclers in Los Angeles, San Diego and Riverside are expected to have their doors closed for the duration of the new fiscal year, according the Los Angeles Times.
Organic glass recyclizers in San Diego have already begun cleaning their own glass to remove any trace of plastic, according a Los Angeles County spokesperson.
Organics glass recycler Chris Lee said he hopes to have his doors open for at least another week.
He’s not sure what his next step will be.