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Posted on: July 16, 2020

Loudoun County Launches Pilot Glass Recycling Program

Image of Purple Glass Recycling Bin in Loudoun County

Loudoun County has launched a pilot glass recycling program at three of the county’s recycling drop-off centers. Glass bottles and jars are now being collected separately at the:

  • Central Western Loudoun Recycling Center
    • 38159 Colonial Highway, Hamilton
  • Landfill Recycling Center
    • 21101 Evergreen Mills Road, Leesburg
  • Sterling Park Recycling Center
    • 400 W Laurel Avenue, Sterling

The program is designed to increase recycling opportunities for glass. Glass that is commingled with other materials in the recycling process is often contaminated after the sorting process, limiting the extent to which the glass can be recycled. The glass collected in the Loudoun pilot program will be sent to Fairfax County to be used in construction projects and may also be sent to other facilities that are able to recycle glass bottles into new products.  

Visitors to the recycling center will see large purple bins labeled “Glass Recycling,” where glass bottles and jars are to be placed. Please follow these guidelines:

  • Only glass bottles and jars are accepted.
  • The glass bottles and jars must be empty and rinsed out.
  • No lids or caps. 
  • Deposit bottles and jars loosely in the recycling containers provided, not in bags.

Officials expect the alternative collection program for glass to expand to the county’s other recycling centers in the next several months. Until that time, glass bottles and jars will continue to be accepted commingled with other materials at those recycling centers. 

More information about recycling in Loudoun County is online at loudoun.gov/recycling.

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