Glass Recycling Collection Site Opens in Adams County

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

a pile of empty green beer bottles

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 info@gettysburggreengathering.com.

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Pat Smith
Pat Smith
4 months ago

Is there glass recycling on January 6th?

Debby Luquette
Debby Luquette
6 months ago

I dropped some glass off and it was a pleasant trip. Thanks to the volunteers for the time out in the weather! It certainly wasn’t a pleasant morning weather-wise. I’m glad you had so much traffic, making it all worthwhile.

Jack
Jack
6 months ago

Is this restricted to Adams County residents only ? I’m in Franklin County and they don’t take glass here, only paper, plastic and metal

Patti
Patti
6 months ago
Reply to  Jack

We live in Adams County but nobody asked for proof of residency Saturday when we dropped off our glass bottles.

Nicki B.
Nicki B.
6 months ago

I’m so glad to see this open! Glass is so recyclable, and there are very few places to take it. Thank you for doing this!

Susan Cipperly
Susan Cipperly
6 months ago

I’ve been saving glass for this. Glad to hear it’s open.

K S
K S
6 months ago

When will the county establish a drop off site for hazardous waste? It would be much more impactful environmentally

Harriet Marritz
Harriet Marritz
6 months ago

It’s easy, good for the environment, and fun. Friendliest volunteers ever.

P J
P J
6 months ago

Looking forward to dropping off the glass I’ve kept in anticipation of this! Thanks to those who have made it possible. There’s no reason for glass to go to landfills.

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