Pittsburgh Bureau of Environmental Services

New Bins Put in Place to Encourage Proper Glass Recycling

Pittsburgh wants you to keep recycling glass -- as long as you follow the rules.

You may have noticed some bright green bins around town, specifically at Construction Junction in Point Breeze, under the 31st St. Bridge in the Strip District, and in the parking lot of Beltzhoover's McKinley Park.

The bins have been funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and are designed for residents to discard glass items for recycling, however there are some strict rules as to what belongs in them. The signage on the bins clearly designates that food grade glass only will be accepted (items such as wine bottles, alcohol and non-alcohol drink bottles, and glass jars that held food items). It's also recommended that you clean all glass receptacles out prior to disposing them in the bins.

Other items such as windows, mirrors and synthetic glass will not be accepted and can cost the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection precious resources, most notably time and money. New regulations set by China's recycling buyback programs require that bales of recyclables have only 0.5% cross-contamination. Otherwise, bins will be rejected by the companies that purchase recyclables.

So look for the bright green bins, and follow the posted guidelines for proper glass disposal.

Check out Sparkt's previously published article on why recycling glass is an issue .

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