PRC’s Traveling Glass Bin Program – which, as part of PRC’s broader glass recycling collaborative, has provided a free recycling service rotating through a variety of locations in western PA since 2020 – continues its expansion to the southeastern region of the state by offering three opportunities to recycle glass in December.
“Since scheduling the first bin appearance in Allegheny County three-plus years ago, PRC and partners have collected 4,000 tons of glass to become new bottles, jars and jugs,” according to PRC Executive Director Darren Spielman. “We’re excited to offer the recycling opportunity to residents of Delaware and Montgomery counties as a pilot program to gather data to enable us to expand the program across the state.”
PRC Traveling Glass Recycling Bin weeklong engagements in December 2023:
December 2-7 in HAVERFORD TOWNSHIP (Delaware County)
Haverford Township Office parking lot, 1014 Darby Rd, Havertown, PA 19083
Hours: 7 am – sundown
hosted by Haverford Township
December 9-14 in LOWER MERION TOWNSHIP (Montgomery County)
Lower Merion Township Transfer Station, 1300 N. Woodbine Ave, Penn Valley, PA 19072
Hours: 8 am – 2 pm
hosted by Lower Merion Township
December 23-28 in RUTLEDGE BOROUGH (Delaware County)
Chambers Memorial Church parking lot, 2 E. Sylvan Ave, Rutledge, PA 19070
Hours: 7 am – sundown
hosted by Borough of Rutledge
Throughout the six-day engagements, individuals can drop off glass bottles, jars and jugs of all colors (no color 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.
“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 Glass Program Coordinator Ethan Woodfill. “When you take the time to use glass-only drop-off sites, nearly 100 percent of the glass collected is recycled into new bottles and jars, while curbside programs are only able to capture up to 70 percent of glass for recycling, and a bottle, jar or jug dropped in the bin today could be recycled and back on a store shelf in less than 30 days.”
PRC launched its glass recycling campaign in 2019 with a series of pop-up events in response to the elimination of glass in numerous curbside programs. Last year alone, PRC’s program enabled 45,000 households in western Pennsylvania to drop off glass bottles, jars and jugs for recycling.
PRC’s Traveling Glass Recycling Bin Program is sponsored by Owens-Illinois, Inc. and CAP Glass and is made possible through partnerships with Michael Brothers Hauling and Tri State Waste.
CLICK HERE for more information about PRC’s glass recycling program.