Gwinnett launches pilot program to recycle glass

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Gwinnett County has teamed up with Waste Pro USA, Inc., to pilot a drop-off glass recycling program at OneStop Norcross starting Saturday, October 16. The pilot program will provide residents a safe and sustainable opportunity to recycle glass.

“Gwinnett County values stewardship and sustainability and heard from many residents over the last few years who want a way to recycle their glass containers,” said Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Nicole Hendrickson. “We also recognize the many benefits of recycling glass and are delighted to partner with Waste Pro on this effort.”

One such advantage is more landfill space. Instead of glass being tossed in trash bins, manufacturers can reuse it to make items like kitchen tiles and insulation.

“A program like this is a great way to begin glass recycling in the community,” said District 2 Commissioner Ben Ku. “When I voiced my desire for this initiative, I knew it would be a learning process, one that we can grow from and eventually expand.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Gwinnett County on the glass recycling pilot program,” said Waste Pro Division Manager Jennifer Herring. “Recycling materials when they can be recycled is the right thing to do.”

Residents can bring their clean, empty glass containers to OneStop Norcross, located at 5030 Georgia Belle Court. The clearly marked drop-off container is located in the center’s parking lot and is accessible 24/7.

Dropped off glass will be hauled to Strategic Materials, Inc., a large glass recycler in the Atlanta area.