After months of planning and preparation, Adams County’s new Glass Recycling Collection Site will open for business on Saturday.
The site, located at 230 Greenamyer Lane, Straban Township, will be open on the first Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to noon through the winter. Expanded hours are expected to be announced on Earth Day, April 20, 2024
Residents are encouraged to bring glass bottles and jars to the site for recycling. Glass containers should be empty and free of hazardous residue. For safety reasons, it’s preferable, but not required, that the containers not be broken. Only glass bottles and jars will be accepted; no plate glass, mirrors, auto glass, porcelain, crystal, or china.
Currently, most waste haulers serving Adams County do not collect glass for recycling. Waste Management, the company that serves Gettysburg Borough, permits glass to be placed in recycling bins, but the glass is separated and used to make roads at the landfill.
According to Cynthia Salisbury, a leader in the effort to bring glass recycling to Adams County, glass from the new county collection site will be recycled into new bottles. Bringing glass recycling to Adams County has been a grassroots effort and is financed, in part, by a grant from the Adams County Community Foundation Fund for the Environment.
“Glass is infinitely recyclable without a loss of quality. So, seeing it end up in landfills makes me sad, since it’s wasting our natural resources,” said Salisbury.
Glass recycling conserves natural resources, saves energy, and prevents pollution. According to the Environnmental Protection Agency, recycling just one glass bottle saves enough energy to power a 100-watt light bulb for four hours.
“Imagine the impact we can make together by recycling thousands of bottles right here in our community,” said Salisbury.
The site will be manned by volunteers. To learn about volunteering opportunities at the drop-off site or to request updates send an e-mail to email@example.com.