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February 3, 2009 - Following the repeal of prohibition, a US Federal Law required that all bottles which contained "legal" alcohol be broken after use to prevent their reuse as a container for the homemade, illegal, stuff.
Hotels complied with this law and a new job was created - a bottle breaker. The responsibilities included the separation of deposit bottles from those that needed to be destroyed and than, with the assistance of a "breaking machine" (no workman's comp. claims from flying broken glass), the liquor bottles were smashed.
I was the Chief Steward at the Hotel Roosevelt in Manhattan in the late fifties and at that time all the major hotels had a bottle breaker on staff. Laundry hampers full of bottles from banquets and dining rooms would be taken to the bottle room for disposal.
The ground glass was sold to a recycler "by the can" - you can just imagine the weight of those garbage cans, once filled. So, even then, hotels were practicing green fundamentals.
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