Gwinnett Offers Drop-Off Glass Recycling in Norcross
This pilot program will provide residents a safe and sustainable opportunity to recycle glass
Why is it a pilot program?
- Launching this as a pilot program will allow the County to monitor the use and test the effectiveness of a glass recycling program before making it permanent and expanding it across the county.
How does it benefit residents?
- After ending the County’s glass recycling program in 2018, we listened to residents who voiced their concern about having a way to recycle glass.
- This partnership with Waste Pro gives the County an opportunity to restore this service again.
What are the benefits to the County?
- One primary benefit for the County is that this program will divert glass from the landfill and save precious landfill space.
- Instead of glass being tossed in trash bins, manufacturers can reuse it to make items like new glass containers and fiberglass insulation – all made in Georgia.
When, where, and what can residents drop glass off?
- Residents can bring their clean, empty glass containers to the County’s OneStop Center in Norcross located at 5030 Georgia Belle Court.
- The clearly marked drop-off container is in the center’s parking lot and is accessible 24/7.
- Acceptable glass items are all colors of food and beverage bottles, as well as jars.
- No need to remove labels.
- Broken glass is accepted.
- Please remove any non-aluminum lids and place in the trash. Aluminum lids can remain on and will also be recycled.
- A quick rinse to remove organics is appreciated.
- No ceramics like plates or mugs are accepted. No cardboard or plastic bags. No crystal or mirrored glass. No Pyrex or heat-resistant ovenware.
Where will the glass go?
- Glass will be taken to Strategic Materials in College Park. Strategic Materials is the largest glass recycler in the United States. To learn more, visit www.smi.com.
Quick facts and figures from Strategic Materials, Inc.
- Glass takes 1,000,000 years to fully degrade in a landfill.
- Recycling glass helps reduce energy and carbon/ greenhouse gas emissions.
- Glass never wears out and can be recycled forever.
- Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for 4 hours.
- Recycling glass takes 30 percent of the energy required to produce glass from raw materials.
- The Georgia glass market is very strong – about 1,200 people employed by five companies in eight locations in Georgia, which generate over $1B of products a year with recycled glass.
There are various locations in Gwinnett that offer glass recycling drop-off opportunities and can be found by visiting: https://www.gwinnettcb.org/recycling-center-material/glass-bottles-and-jars/