Posted by: Stacy Albin on August 10, 2020

While surveys show that more than 90% of residents believe glass recycling is important, many municipalities recently have lost – or will lose – glass recycling as a part of curbside collection.  PRC remains committed to seeking local government and commercial partners to revitalize glass recycling through regional collaboration.

 “Based on overwhelming demand from residents, local governments and the glass industry, PRC works with numerous partners who recognize that recycled glass is in high demand and want to provide recycling collection services for residents,” according to PRC Environmental Program Coordinator Ashley DiGregorio.  “Our programs ensure that glass is not trash, even if it can no longer be put out for curbside recycling in numerous municipalities due to recent changes in waste haulers’ contracts.”

PRC’s new Traveling Glass Recycling Bin Program – which provides a weeklong service, free to residents, that rotates through a variety of locations in western Pennsylvania – offers residents a safe method for recycling glass while eliminating the need to interact with other individuals or touch shared surfaces.  Individuals can drop off glass bottles, jars, and jugs of all colors (no color sorting required) during daylight hours Saturday through Thursday at a designated site.


Skateboarding is a multi-billion dollar industry.
Skateboarding participation reached 6.46 million in 2016.
There are approximately 5,000 skateshops in the U.S.
Most skateshops accumulate at least 50 broken boards per month.

Close to 2 million broken skateboard decks go to landfills each year.
Most large skateboard manufacturers cut upwards of 30,000 boards per month, which leaves four 3-yard bins of wood waste per day.
Because most of the wood contains pigment, glues and grip tape, it can release hazardous chemicals into the air when burned for energy and is considered a major fire hazard in California.
A harsh reality for a lot of manufacturers and skateshops is that sending waste to landfills is far less expensive than finding ways to recycle it.

With the help of participating shops, like  the Free Skateshop  and we’ve saved over 75,000 boards since 2010.
Participating shops tend to see an increase in customer traffic after joining I Ride I Recycle.
I Ride I Recycle sponsors recycling contests at participating shops, which translates into more foot traffic and an increase in revenue.
Participating shops gain a direct opportunity to support their community.
By giving underprivileged kids used skateboards, they have a chance to learn a new skill the provides them a healthy physical outlet and instills important character traits that last a lifetime.
Because of I Ride I Recycle, the Art of Board brand has been able to donate over $30,000 to Tony Hawk’s Stand Up for Skateparks initiative.



PRC is actively seeking glass recycling partners!

The Traveling Glass Bin is a week-long “rental” of PRC’s glass collection container with maintenance and hauling services included. Think of it as temporary glass recycling infrastructure that your community can invest in for a modest fee.

This turnkey program can be booked for a single appearance or on a recurring schedule such as quarterly.  PRC coordinates site identification, container delivery and transportation of collected material.

CLICK HERE to learn how to bring glass recycling to your community.

If you’re a citizen living in a neighborhood no longer collecting glass curbside, bring this program to the attention of your municipal manager!


Categories: Glass Recycling