Glass Recycling

In response to the sudden removal of glass from many residential recycling programs in the Pittsburgh area PRC launched a network of pop-up glass recycling events in March 2019. The pop-up sites are sponsored by local governments committed to recycling and who recognize that glass remains a recyclable material with vibrant demand in the regional and national recycled materials marketplace.

Please take a moment to explore the sections below (by clicking on the plus sign to the left of the title) to learn more about this exciting new alternative for glass recycling.

 

Pop-Up Details

PRC will host pop-up collection events where we will accept all colors of glass bottles and jars from the public. All events will use the following format:

  • Open from 9am – 2pm
  • All events on Saturdays
  • No cost to users
  • Accept all colors of glass bottles and jars
    • No window glass
    • No drinking glasses or stemware
    • No ceramics
  • PRC staff and volunteers will be on site to assist recyclers

If you are interested in bringing glass collection events to your area please reach out to your local municipality and ask them to contact PRC at [email protected]

Glass Recycling Schedule

The following events are scheduled for 2019. We expect additional events will be added so please check back for new updates.

Locations will be updated as they are confirmed:

 

June 8             MT. LEBANON MAIN PARK COMMISSIONERS LOT (sponsored by Mt. Lebanon)

June 22           SOUTH FAYETTE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX (sponsored by South Fayette Township)

July 13            MURRYSVILLE MUNICIPAL BUILDING (sponsored by Murrysville)

July 20            VILLAGE SQUARE MALL (sponsored by Township of Upper Saint Clair)

August 10       VILLAGE SQUARE MALL (sponsored by Municipality of Bethel Park)

August 17        MOON MUNICIPAL BUILDING (sponsored by Moon Township)

September 21   DORMONT POOL (sponsored by Borough of Dormont)

October 12       MT. LEBANON MAIN PARK COMMISSIONERS LOT (sponsored by Mt. Lebanon)

October 19       SCOTT TOWNSHIP PARK (sponsored by Scott Township)

Open the map below in a new window or zoom in to see all PRC sponsored collection events for 2019.

Why Recycle Glass?

Glass is being removed as an “acceptable” material in single stream residential curbside recycling programs throughout Western PA and across the nation. However, it is important to know that glass is still one of the most recyclable materials we generate in our homes and should not be trashed. 

Why is drop-off collection better?
Drop-off glass collection programs have proven to yield significant volumes of high quality materials to the glass recycling industry. Drop off collections treat the discarded glass as a commodity and prevent the contamination inherent in single stream collection systems.

Continuing to put glass in your curbside recycling bin when instructed not to may result in rejected loads at material recovery facilities or the glass may be used as landfill cover. To ensure your glass is being recycled properly, please participate in PRC’s Glass Recycling Collection Events.


  • Glass bottles and jars are 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without any loss in purity or quality.  
  • Recycled glass containers are ALWAYS NEEDED because glass manufacturers require high-quality recycled container glass to meet market demand for new glass containers.¹
  • Glass containers returned for recycling can be made into new glass bottles and jars that constitute up to 95% recycled content.²
  • Your glass bottles and jars can go from your recycling bin to the store shelf in as little as 30 days.³
  • 1 ton of carbon dioxide is reduced for every 6 tons of recycled container glass used in manufacturing.³

Sources:
¹ Glass Packaging Institute
² CAP Glass
³ Glass Recycling Coalition 

Where Will the Glass Go?

Pennsylvania is home to three glass mills that depend on our recycled glass bottles and jars as the raw material to produce glass containers. In addition several other glass mills operate in neighboring states resulting in one of the strongest markets for glass recycling in North America.

PRC will ship all collected glass to our partner CAP Glass who will prepare it to the mill specifications. This glass will be used to make beer and liquor bottles, pickle and mayonaise jars and many other consumer products.

These mills are located in: Brockway, PA – Zanesville, OH – Crenshaw, PA – Port Allegany, PA – Toana, VA and Winston Salem, NC.

 

Glass Recycling Sponsors

These events are sponsored by the host municipalities along with the following contributors:

Owens Illinois

CAP Glass

Straub Brewery

The following organizations support the program by offering their facilities as sites for the collection events:

Oxford Development

Quaker Valley Schools

Avonworth Park

 

Bring Glass Recycling Events to Your Community

If you would like to bring a glass collection event please ask your local elected officials to contact PRC at [email protected] PRC hopes to expand this network to ensure all residents have convenient access to a glass recycling drop-off.

Volunteer with PRC

Interested in helping PRC advance glass recycling in the Pittsburgh region?

We are looking for folks who would like to work with us at our glass recycling collections to assist the public in recycling their glass.  If interested please complete the form below and we will be in touch!