New Glass Recycling Program Shatters Expectations

A new glass recycling program that went into effect in Fairfax County last year has shattered expectations, officials say.

The policy shift resulted in the placement of several purple bins across Northern Virginia for glass recycling. The county no longer accepts glass containers in its curbside recycling program.

More than four million pounds of recyclable glass has been collected since the program began.

The continent’s largest glass recycler, Strategic Materials, is now moving the county’s glass to a processing plant in Lorton. Glass will be sold to manufacturers of different glass products.

A spokesperson for Strategic Materials said that Fairfax County produced particularly clean, usable glass.

“Fairfax County probable has the highest quality of material we’ve seen in a drop-off program,” said Laura Henneman, Vice President of marketing and communications for the company.” The trial glass load was about 98 to 99 percent usable glass, which is incredible.”

Drop-off locations are throughout Northern Virginia are available below:

Photo via Fairfax County Government

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