Environment

Finally! A Place to Recycle Your Glass Bottles and Jars

A South Hills metal recycler is now taking glass from residents who can't put it in their bins because of recent changes to their waste hauler's recycling rules.


Lots of people have been frustrated about the new recycling rules in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. If you haven't heard, you can't put glass in your recycling bin anymore (for more background on why, read our previous story here).

Now there's a solution if you can't bear to toss your glass bottles and jars in the garbage. Michael Brothers Hauling and Recycling in Baldwin is collecting household glass for recycling. We got a chance to go inside to see how easy it is:

Michael Brothers already had a drive-up location for their metal recycling business, so they figured why not take glass too. On Wednesday and Saturday mornings (click here for hours) you can drive into their location on Horning Road and drop off your glass. Michael Brothers takes the glass to Cap Glass Recyclers in Connellsville where workers separate, clean and crush the used glass to be made into new glass products.

Michael Brothers Sales and Marketing Director Stephanie Milani says this started as a three-month pilot project, but as long as it doesn't interfere with helping their paying customers they'll continue. The company views it as a community service. "They're glad it's a service that we're offering," said Stephanie who told Sparkt that as of February 8, they've had 255 people drop off glass.

"People are really excited about it. They're just happy someone is willing to do it. " Stephanie Milani, Michael Brothers

Right now the ban on glass in single-stream (one bin) recycling is only for the 22 municipalities whose new Waste Management trash hauling contracts were negotiated by the South Hills Council of Governments. But experts say as trash contracts come due in other communities, the rules on glass will change for everyone.

If you think driving to Michael Brothers to recycle your glass is too far, here's something else to consider. Stephanie says bring your cans along with your bottles, and they'll pay you for those. It's not a lot of money, but it might pay for your gas!

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