Glass Recycling

In response to the sudden removal of glass from many residential recycling programs in the Pittsburgh area, PRC launched a glass-only collection program in 2019. The program includes pop-up event sites and permanent sites, sponsored by local governments committed to recycling and who recognize that glass remains a recyclable material with vibrant demand in the regional and national recycled materials marketplace.

Please take a moment to explore the sections below (by clicking on the plus sign to the left of the title) to learn more about this exciting new alternative for glass recycling.

NOTE — Event postponements for COVID-19 response:

PRC is postponing all pop-up glass events currently scheduled from now until May 30 and will announce our updated schedule as changes are confirmed. We apologize for the inconvenience but recognize that protecting the public is our highest priority. Please check www.prc.org/glassrecycling for regular updates and for information on permanent collection sites. 

 

Pop-Up Details

PRC will host pop-up collection events where we will accept all colors of glass bottles and jars from the public. All events will use the following format:

  • Open from 9am – 2pm
  • All events on Saturdays
  • No cost to users
  • Accept all colors of glass bottles and jars
    • No window glass or glass tabletops
    • No antique ‘cut’ glass or ‘milk’ glass
    • No drinking glasses or stemware
    • No ceramics
    • No glass cookware, such as Pyrex or Corningware
  • PRC staff and volunteers will be on site to assist recyclers

If you are interested in bringing glass collection events to your area please reach out to your local municipality and ask them to contact PRC at [email protected]

Glass Recycling Schedule

We’re excited to announce our first several pop-up glass events for the 2020 season!

 

POSTPONEDMarch 28 – Murrysville Township, Veterans Field, 4170 Sardis Road, Murrysville, PA 15668

POSTPONEDApril 18 – Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, 7370 Baker Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

POSTPONEDApril 25 – Village Square Mall, Upper Kohl’s Lot near Wine & Spirits

May 30 – Moon Township Municipal Building, 1000 Beaver Grade Rd, Moon, PA 15108

June 6 – Hampton Township Community Swimming Pool Lot, 3101 McCully Rd, Allison Park, PA 15101

Stay tuned for more pop-up dates as the season ramps up. If you would like to see PRC glass recycling services in your community, ask your local municipality to contact us at [email protected] or call 412-488-7490.

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 practice good glass recycling etiquette including:

  • Collect ONLY glass bottles, jars, and jugs (all colors, consult site instructions for color separation information).
    • No window glass
    • No antique ‘cut’ glass or ‘milk’ glass
    • No drinking glasses or stemware
    • No ceramics
    • No glass cookware, such as Pyrex or Corningware
    • No plastic bags, paper bags, or cardboard

*COVID-19 UPDATE: PRC cannot verify that all services below are in operation during the current shutdown period. Please call the relevant contact number to verify hours of operation before utilizing these services.


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

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
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: Drop-off services remain in effect during the current shutdown period.

 


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 about permanent drop-off sites is provided as an informational 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

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

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 mayonaise 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.

 

Glass Recycling Sponsors

These events are sponsored by the host municipalities along with the following contributors:

Owens Illinois

CAP Glass

Straub Brewery

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

Oxford Development

Quaker Valley Schools

Avonworth Park

Kossman Development Company

 

Bring Glass Recycling to Your Community

PRC partners with local communities to bring glass drop-off collection to local residents. If you are interested in seeing glass recycling events or permanent sites in your community, please ask your local municipality to contact PRC at [email protected]

Volunteer with PRC

Interested in helping PRC advance glass recycling in the Pittsburgh region?

We are looking for folks who would like to work with us at our glass recycling collections to assist the public and educate their neighbors.  If interested please complete the form below and we will be in touch!