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First Glass Recycling Events "Pop-Up" Around the Area

Been saving glass now that you can't recycle it in your regular bin? Get rid of it at one of 8 drop off events planned in the area with more to come.


We told you it was going to happen (click here) and now it has: the first pop-up glass recycling events are coming to the South Hills starting Saturday!

People living in 22 communities in the South Hills lost their ability to recycle glass after the South Hills Council of Governments renegotiated their regional garbage hauling contract. Turns out waste haulers are phasing out glass in single-stream recycling because glass contaminates the rest of the recyclables, and itself becomes so contaminated it's nearly impossible to recycle (yeah, that's a picture of "recyclable glass" below).

So for all of you who have been saving your jars and bottles, waiting for a solution, here it is:

This network of pop-up recycling events is being organized by the Pennsylvania Resources Council , and sponsored by local governments committed to recycling and who recognize that glass remains a recyclable material -- and is still in great demand.

The first event is this Saturday, March 9 at Village Square Mall, sponsored by Bethel Park. That's appropriate, since Bethel Park residents have been among the top users of a glass drop-off facility we told you about at Michael Brothers Hauling and Recycling in Baldwin (click here for our previous story).

Eight collection events are already planned (click here for schedule) with more to come.

All events will follow this format:

  • All events on Saturdays
  • Open from 9am - 2pm
  • No cost to users
  • All colors of glass bottles and jars accepted
  • No window glass, drinking glasses, stemware or ceramics
  • PRC staff and volunteers will be on site to assist recyclers

If you're interested in bringing glass collection events to your area please reach out to your local municipality and ask them to contact PRC at glass@prc.org.

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