Tuesday, November 21, 2023

PA Resources Council Announces December Traveling Glass Recycling Bin Locations In Delaware, Montgomery Counties

PA Resources Council announces three Traveling Glass Recycling Bin locations in Delaware and  Montgomery counties in December.

“Since scheduling the first bin appearance in Allegheny County three-plus years ago, PRC and partners have collected 4,000 tons of glass to become new bottles, jars and jugs,” according to PRC Executive Director Darren Spielman. “We’re excited to offer the recycling opportunity to residents of Delaware and Montgomery counties as a pilot program to gather data to enable us to expand the program across the state.”

PRC’s Southeast Traveling Glass Recycling Bin weeklong engagements in December include--

-- December 2-7 in HAVERFORD TOWNSHIP (Delaware County), Haverford Township Office parking lot, 1014 Darby Rd, Havertown, Hours: 7:00 a.m. - sundown, hosted by Haverford Township

-- December 9-14 in LOWER MERION TOWNSHIP (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township Transfer Station parking lot, 1300 N. Woodbine Ave, Penn Valley, Hours: 8:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m., hosted by Lower Merion Township

-- December 23-28 in RUTLEDGE BOROUGH (Delaware County), Chambers Memorial Church parking lot, 2 E. Sylvan Ave, Rutledge, Hours: 7:00 a.m. - sundown, hosted by Borough of Rutledge

Throughout the six-day engagements, individuals can drop off glass bottles, jars and jugs of all colors (no color sorting required).  Containers should be empty and rinsed, with lids and labels still on. Bags and boxes used to deliver glass must be discarded off-site.

“Glass is still one of the most recyclable materials we generate in our homes, and the market for glass recycling is very strong,” according to Glass Program Coordinator Ethan Woodfill.  “When you take the time to use glass-only drop-off sites, nearly 100 percent of the glass collected is recycled into new bottles and jars, while curbside programs are only able to capture up to 70 percent of glass for recycling, and a bottle, jar or jug dropped in the bin today could be recycled and back on a store shelf in less than 30 days.”

PRC launched its glass recycling campaign in 2019 with a series of pop-up events in response to the elimination of glass in numerous curbside programs. 

Last year alone, PRC’s program enabled 45,000 households in western Pennsylvania to drop off glass bottles, jars and jugs for recycling.

PRC’s Traveling Glass Recycling Bin Program is sponsored by Owens-Illinois, Inc. and CAP Glass and is made possible through partnerships with Michael Brothers Hauling and Tri State Waste.

For more information on programs, initiatives and special events, visit the PA Resources Council website.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates, follow PRC on Twitter or Like them on FacebookClick Here for PRC’s Events Calendar.  Click Here to support their work.

PRC is Pennsylvania’s oldest grassroots environmental organization founded in 1939.  PRC has worked to protect resources for future generations through environmental education, recycling, waste diversion programs, anti-litter campaigns, watershed and other initiatives. 

[Posted: November 21, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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