City of Washington residents can drop off glass bottles, jars and jugs at a permanent recycling bin in the Public Works Garage parking lot thanks to a partnership with Pennsylvania Resources Council to provide reliable, uninterrupted glass recycling access.
Following a June 30 ribbon cutting, residents can now drop off all colors of glass bottles, jars and jugs at 900 E. Wheeling St. during designated hours as part of a region-wide glass recycling network.
“Glass is still one of the most recyclable materials we generate in our homes, and the market for glass recycling is very strong,” according to PRC Deputy Director Sarah Alessio Shea. “When you take the time to use glass-only drop-off sites, 98 to 100% of the glass collected is recycled into new bottles and jars, while only an average of 60 to 70% of glass collected in curbside programs is able to be captured for recycling.”
The blue recycling bin is available for self-serve drop off weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and first and third Saturdays of each month from 9 a.m. to Noon. Individuals can deposit glass bottles, jars and jugs of all colors (no sorting required). Containers should be empty and rinsed, with lids and labels still on. Bags and boxes used to deliver glass must be discarded off site.
All glass collected will be hauled by Michael Brothers to CAP Glass in Mt. Pleasant, Pa. There it will be sorted and prepared for use by regional glass product manufacturers. A bottle, jar or jug dropped in the City of Washington bin can be recycled and back on a store shelf in less than 30 days.
The Public Works Garage parking lot permanent recycling site is sponsored by the City of Washington and Owens-Illinois with support from Washington City Council, Rotary Club of Washington and Range Resources.
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GLASS AT A GLANCE
GLASS IS 100% RECYCLABLE
GLASS CAN BE RECYCLED ENDLESSLY
RECYCLING GLASS USES
70% LESS ENERGY THAN RAW MATERIALS
IN A LANDFILL, GLASS TAKES
1 MILLION YEARS TO DEGRADE
A GLASS BOTTLE CAN GO FROM
RECYCLING BIN TO STORE SHELF IN 30 DAYS