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 residents can continue glass recycling efforts by expanding our infrastructure of glass drop-off collection sites. In 2020, PRC continues to pursue this goal.

NEW! Starting in June 2020, PRC is rolling out our 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.

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

 

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: Schedule and Information

What is the PRC Traveling Glass Bin?

  • A contact-free, self-serve drop-off service
  • A week-long collection schedule
  • Free to residents, hosted by communities/commercial sites for a fee

Hours of Operation

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

Schedule

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

In 2019, the City of Pittsburgh established three glass drop-off locations as part of a temporary pilot initiative.

Beltzhoover/Knoxville Location: 623 Bausman St Pittsburgh, PA 15210
24 hour access
Contact: 412-225-2631

Construction Junction: 214 North Lexington St Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Open during regular business hours – 8:00 AM-6:00 PM Monday-Friday
Contact: 412-243-5025
NOTE: The Construction Junction recycling center is CLOSED under the City of Pittsburgh’s current COVID-19 operating restrictions.

Strip District Location: 3001 Railroad St Pittsburgh, PA 15201
24 hour access
Contact: 412-255-2631

 

Michael Brothers

Monday -Friday, 7:00 am-4:30 pm
Saturdays 7:00 am-12:30 pm

Instructions: Bins are out front marked “glass only.” Color separation required.

NOTE: Also accepts aluminum cans.

South Hills Location: 901 Horning Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15236
North Hills Location: 408 Hoffman Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Contact: [email protected]

 

Peters Township Fire Station #1
Location: 245 E. McMurray Rd., McMurray, PA 15317
Directions: Place glass in blue bin behind the fire station.
Hours: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm daily

 

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

Directions: Enter Furnace Street Extension directly from Thompson Avenue. Proceed in the direction of posted signage to drop your container glass materials in the blue CAP Glass container or designated area.
Hours: Monday – Friday: 7:00AM – 3:30PM

Contact: Ashley DiGregorio, 412-488-7490 ext. 5

*COVID-19 Update: Superior Mulch is currently offering normal drop-off collection hours per their usual schedule.

 


Beaver County
Open to Beaver County Residents 

Brady’s Run Park Recycling Center,
Location:  Brighton Township, PA
Hours:
Monday  & Tuesday: 8:30AM – 3:30PM
Wednesday Noon – 5PM
Thursday:  8:30AM – 3:30PM
Friday CLOSED
3rd Saturday of the month: 8:30AM – NOON
Contact: Beaver County Recycling Coordinator, 724-770-2068


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

Straub Brewery

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

Oxford Development Corporation

Kossman Development Company

 

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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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