Several restaurants and bars are participating in a glass recycling pilot program.
Instead of sending all their bottles to a landfill, the glass is being recycled and reused.
Monday, the business owners and employees got to learn more about the process, straight from the experts.
"The resources that are trapped in that empty jar if we bury it in the landfill they're lost forever, but if it's put back into the recycling stream and allowed to be reused to make a new product, manufacturers are saving 40 percent just in energy costs," said Donna Utter, director of business development for Ripple Glass.
The free educational classes are open to anyone, and continue Tuesday:
August 7, 10:00 a.m. at Sideways, 311 W. Dickson, Suite 201
August 7, 3:00 p.m. at Jose's, 324 W. Dickson
The pilot program is in its third week.
The city plans to eventually expand it to Uptown Fayetteville businesses.