Glass Recycling

Many communities have lost access to glass collection services in their curbside recycling programs, but glass is still a highly valuable and recyclable commodity. PA communities and businesses can ensure that glass is recycled by supporting expansion of glass drop-off collection sites in our region. In 2020, PRC continues to pursue this goal with the support of PA residents who utilize these sites and collection events for their recycling needs.

PRC has rolled out a new Traveling Glass Bin program – a week-long, rotating self-serve collection model! Explore the drop-down menu below to learn more, or contact [email protected] to host the bin.

Interested in learning how our program developed? Take a look at our impact summary of PRC’s 2019 Pilot Program: Pop-Up Glass Recycling Events.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN ABOUT UPCOMING TRAVELING GLASS BIN ENGAGAMENTS HELD IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ALLEGHENY COUNTY

 

Bring Glass Recycling to Your Community

Local governments and private businesses can partner with PRC to launch glass collections in your area.

VISIT OUR PARTNERSHIP SITE

 

Collection Schedule

Please check our schedule below frequently for new collection locations and appearances!

GLASS COLLECTED AT 2021 PRC HARD-TO-RECYCLE EVENTS PRC will collect all colors of glass bottles, jugs and jars at its 2021  hard-to-recycle collection events in Allegheny County.  CLICK HERE to learn more.

Saturday, July 17 – Thursday, July 22
WEEKLONG TRAVELING GLASS BIN APPEARANCE
HARTWOOD ACRES PARK (Allegheny County)
4100 Middle Road, Allison Park, PA 15101 (parking lot near Central Elementary School)

Saturday, July 24 – Thursday, July 29
WEEKLONG TRAVELING GLASS BIN APPEARANCE
COLLIER TOWNSHIP MUNICIPAL BUILDING (Allegheny County)
2418 Hilltop Road, Presto, PA 15142

Saturday, July 31 – Thursday, August 5
WEEKLONG TRAVELING GLASS BIN APPEARANCE
QUAKER VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL (Allegheny County)
Lower Lot (off of Rte. 65): 625 Beaver Street, Leetsdale, PA 15056

Saturday, August 7 – Thursday, August 12
WEEKLONG TRAVELING GLASS BIN APPEARANCE
HARRISON HILLS PARK (Allegheny County)
Yakaon Shelter lot, 5200 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights, PA 15065

Saturday, August 14 – Thursday, August 19
WEEKLONG TRAVELING GLASS BIN APPEARANCE
MOON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC WORKS FACILITY (Allegheny County)
special collection hours at this site: Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Mon – Thurs 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
1115 Stevenson Mill Road, Coraopolis, PA 15108

Saturday August 21 – Thursday, August 26
WEEKLONG TRAVELING GLASS BIN APPEARANCE
FINDLAY TOWNSHIP PUBLIC WORKS GARAGE (Allegheny County)
1058 Clinton Road, Clinton, PA 15026

Saturday, August 28 – Thursday, September 2
WEEKLONG TRAVELING GLASS BIN APPEARANCE
BELLEVUE MUNICIPAL PARKING LOT (Allegheny County)
Between Mead Ave. and S. Sprague Ave., Bellevue, PA 15202

Saturday, September 4 – Thursday, September 9
WEEKLONG TRAVELING GLASS BIN APPEARANCE
SOUTH FAYETTE MUNICIPAL BUILDING (Allegheny County)
515 Millers Run Rd, Morgan, PA 15064

Saturday, September 11 – Thursday, September 16
WEEKLONG TRAVELING GLASS BIN APPEARANCE
CITY OF HERMITAGE FIRE STATION #3 (Mercer County)
541 Mercer Avenue, Hermitage, PA 16148
(Across from Morefield Cemetery)

Saturday, September 18 – Thursday, September 23
WEEKLONG TRAVELING GLASS BIN APPEARANCE
BOYCE PARK (Allegheny County)
Ski Lodge parking lot

Saturday, September 25 – Thursday, September 30
WEEKLONG TRAVELING GLASS BIN APPEARANCE
SEWICKLEY RIVERFRONT PARK (Allegheny County)
357 Chadwick Street, Sewickley PA 15143

Saturday, October 2 – Thursday, October 7
WEEKLONG TRAVELING GLASS BIN APPEARANCE
DEER LAKES PARK (Allegheny County)
Deer Lakes Playground parking lot

Saturday, October 9 – Thursday, October 14
WEEKLONG TRAVELING GLASS BIN APPEARANCE
MOON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC WORKS FACILITY (Allegheny County)
special collection hours at this site: Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Mon – Thurs 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
1115 Stevenson Mill Road, Coraopolis, PA 15108

Saturday, October 23 – Thursday, October 28
WEEKLONG TRAVELING GLASS BIN APPEARANCE
SOUTH PARK (Allegheny County)
VIP Lot, Corrigan Drive and 100 Acres Drive

Saturday, October 30 – Thursday, November 4
WEEKLONG TRAVELING GLASS BIN APPEARANCE
AVALON PUBLIC WORKS GARAGE (Allegheny County)
Frederick St. and New Brighton Rd.

Saturday, November 6 – Thursday, November 11
WEEKLONG TRAVELING GLASS BIN APPEARANCE
ROUND HILL PARK (Allegheny County)
Hereford Drive and Round Hill Road

Saturday, November 27 – Thursday, December 2
WEEKLONG TRAVELING GLASS BIN APPEARANCE
NORTH PARK PARK (Allegheny County)
Swimming Pool parking lot

Saturday, December 4 – Thursday, December 9
WEEKLONG TRAVELING GLASS BIN APPEARANCE
WHITE OAK PARK (Allegheny County)
2632 McClintock Road, White Oak, PA 1131

 

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Glass Recycling Guide

Want to be prepared when you visit a glass-only recycling drop-off site? Use the guide below for what is and is not accepted.

Place GLASS ONLY in collection bin

  • No need to separate colors
  • Leave lids/labels on

ACCEPTED GLASS

  • BOTTLES
  • JARS
  • JUGS

Bags and boxes used to deliver glass must be discarded off-site.

 

 

NOT accepted materials

cut glass * glass bakeware * mirrors * porcelain and ceramics * stemware * window glass * light bulbs * televisions

Got unaccepted materials? Choose reuse, by consulting our list of reuse partners. For appropriate light bulb and television recycling outlets, visit our Hard-to-Recycle Collection page.

 

Traveling Glass Bin Information

What is the PRC Traveling Glass Bin?
Hours of Operation

Saturday through Thursday, 6:00 am – sundown
NOTE:  bin sites will be strictly monitored at all times

 

Please see our Glass Recycling Guide above for accepted materials. Stay tuned for more dates in 2020!

Permanent Glass Collection Sites

PRC aims to support counties and municipalities as they establish permanent glass recycling drop-off stations for their residents. In Western PA, permanent glass recycling drop-off sites can be found at the locations listed below. For all locations, please consult our Glass Recycling Guide tab above and always practice good glass recycling etiquette.


Allegheny County

Franklin Park Borough

Hampton Township

O’Hara Township site hosted by O’Hara Township, Aspinwall Borough and Blawnox Borough

Ross Township

Superior Mulch
Location: 21 Furnace Street Extension, McKees Rocks, PA 15136
Map to Superior Mulch Site

 


Beaver County

Open to Beaver County Residents 

Bradys Run Park Recycling Center

 


Washington County

Peters Township Fire Station #1

 


Please be advised that PRC may not be the administrator of all recycling services listed above. This information is provided as a resource to Western PA residents and while we strive to keep our information up to date, drop-off days and times may change without PRC’s knowledge. Please use the contact information listed under each entry to clarify questions and concerns. 

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

 

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 mayonnaise 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.

Your glass recycling efforts at drop-off centers and events directly supports these businesses and jobs vital to our region.


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

Program Sponsors

Collection events and other program services are supported by PRC’s municipal partners along with the following contributors:

Owens-Illinois, Inc.

CAP Glass

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

Quaker Valley School District

 

Volunteer with PRC

Volunteer with PRC

Interested in volunteering? Our volunteers play a critical role of spreading the word about glass recycling in their communities, assisting with collection, and educating their neighbors.  If interested please complete the form below and we will be in touch!

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    For volunteer opportunities at our events, with our programs, or in our offices, please indicate the Eastern or Western office so we can contact you with relevant opportunities.