Dormont and South Hills residents can soon drop off glass bottles, jars and jugs at a permanent recycling dumpster in the Village Square Mall parking lot thanks to a grant provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP).
Beginning on March 1, residents can drop off all colors of glass bottles, jars and jugs as part of a region-wide glass recycling network. The Glass Recycling Collaborative of Southwestern PA, a newly formed partnership between municipalities in Allegheny County and the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC), provides reliable, uninterrupted glass recycling access.
This permanent South Hills recycling site is sponsored by Borough of Dormont, Municipality of Bethel Park, Municipality of Mt. Lebanon and Township of Upper St. Clair and is made possible through a PA DEP recycling grant held by Borough of Dormont. Program partners are Oxford, CAP Glass and Michael Brothers Hauling & Recycling.
“South Hills residents are interested in recycling glass even when it isn’t collected curbside, and we’re excited to provide residents with an opportunity to drop off glass in a convenient location,” according to Dormont Borough Manager Ben Estell. “With the help of PRC, the four municipalities are installing a permanent glass recycling station and will implement a campaign to educate residents regarding glass recycling and other waste reduction activities.”
The blue recycling dumpster will be located in the lot of Fine Wine & Good Spirits at Village Square Mall, 5000 Oxford Drive, Bethel Park, PA 15102. Individuals can deposit glass bottles, jars and jugs of all colors (no 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 PRC Deputy Director Sarah Alessio Shea. “It’s important from an environmental perspective to keep glass out of landfills, and PRC is dedicated to building an efficient, region-wide glass recycling collection network.”
For more information regarding glass recycling, visit the PRC website at www.prc.org/glass.
“All glass collected will be hauled by Michael Brothers to CAP Glass in Mt. Pleasant, Pa.,” said Shea. “There it will be sorted and prepared for use by regional glass product manufacturers, 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.”
GLASS AT A GLANCE
GLASS IS 100% RECYCLABLE
GLASS CAN BE RECYCLED ENDLESSLY
RECYCLING GLASS USES 70% LESS ENERGY THAN RAW MATERIALS IN A LANDFILL
GLASS TAKES 1 MILLION YEARS TO DEGRADE
A GLASS BOTTLE CAN GO FROM RECYCLING BIN TO STORE SHELF IN 30 DAYS