PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Resources Council initially launched its Traveling Glass Recycling Bin Program earlier this year, back in June.
The new program was established to help residents of western Pennsylvania recycle their glass.
It was specifically implemented for residents who lost or never had access to curbside pickup services dedicated to recycling.
And since the program kicked off during the summer, the PRC has collected over 58 tons of glass in its first 100 days.
“Thanks to the support of our sponsors and partners, more than 3,000 households in western Pennsylvania have recycled their glass bottles, jars and jugs in a convenient and contact-free format close to home,” according to PRC Environmental Program Coordinator Ashley DiGregorio. “While many communities have lost access to recycling glass curbside, glass is still a highly valuable and recyclable commodity.”
For those who might be unaware of the service, the Traveling Glass Recycling Bin Program is a free commodity that selects varying locations around the area and uses them as a base of operations designated for glass recycling drop-offs.
Each location is set up for a week before moving to a different area.
The drop-off locations are set up so that each station are self-serve; there’s no contact or interaction throughout the process.
“Since early June, the bin has visited nine municipalities, including one that collected 18 tons of glass – that’s a 30-yard bin filled four times – for recycling in just six days,” said DiGregorio. “In addition to the week-long engagements, PRC has recently introduced one-day bin appearances at its hard-to-recycle collection events as an additional service to residents in western Pennsylvania.”
The drop-off locations will accept glass of any color, so long as it’s empty and rinsed.
It is not required to sort through the different colors of glass, either.
While glass is accepted, other containers, such as boxes, totes, or bags, will have to be taken back with residents or disposed of off-site.
“Reasons for recycling glass include the fact that glass can be recycled forever,” said DiGregorio. “Recycling glass requires 70 percent less energy than when manufacturing glass from raw materials, and a glass bottle can go from recycling bin back to store shelf in as little as 30 days.”
A schedule of future drop-off locations can be found on the PRC’s website.