Montgomery County continues to recycle glass bottles and jars

Glass bottles are seen in a recycling bin at a transfer station.
Glass bottles are seen in a recycling bin at a transfer station. November 19, 2018
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Montgomery County has been recycling glass bottles and jars for decades. In fact, glass bottles and jars are one of the many types of materials that are required to be recycled in the County. All single-family residents, multi-family properties (apartments and condominiums) and all businesses, organizations and government facilities are required to recycle glass.

Recently, there have been reports in the news that glass is not being recycled by some recyclers, and in fact, some communities are considering removing glass bottles and jars from their curbside recycling program. However, Montgomery County, Maryland recycles glass and will continue to recycle glass bottles and jars as part of its’ comprehensive recycling program.

The County’s Department of Environmental Protection collects glass bottles and jars and processes the glass at the County’s Recycling Center.

 

How we recycle glass

At the Recycling Center:

  1. Glass bottles and jars are separated from other types of bottles, jars and containers that are made from plastic, metal and aluminum.
  2. The glass is then sorted by color: clear glass, green and brown glass (which we call ‘gramber’), and mixed glass that broke during collection and processing
  3. When there is a truckload of glass, it is sent to glass recycling markets where the glass is processed and recycled into other products, such as new glass bottles, or used in other applications

 

Recycle clean glass

Where do we send the recycled glass?

The County receives revenues on the sale of clear and gramber glass which is put back into operating funds and used to offset the costs of the County’s recycling program.

Currently, the County pays for the recycling of mixed broken glass. This is dependent on the recycling market situation, which can fluctuate over time. We value recycling and considers recycling a key initiative in protecting our land, air and water, and preserving natural resources for the future, that we remain committed to recycling glass bottles and jars now and into the future. The County regularly monitors the recycling markets and looks for opportunities to recycle materials into the highest and best use.

Continue to do your part and recycle all glass bottles and jars in Montgomery County: at home, work, school, and wherever you are!

 

Schedule a tour of the Recycling Center

Residents and employees in the County are encouraged to visit and tour the Recycling Center, where you can get a first-hand look at how we separate recyclable materials and prepare the materials for shipment to recycling markets. Schedule a tour of the Recycling Center for groups of 10 or more people. Individuals, or groups of fewer than 10 people, can also visit the Recycling Center for a self-guided tour. The Recycling Center’s normal hours of operations are as follows:

  • Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

For more information, visit How to Recycle Glass Bottles or Jars or contact: Eileen Kao at Eileen.Kao@montgomerycountymd.gov or 240-777-6406.



3 comments on "Montgomery County continues to recycle glass bottles and jars"

  1. Sue Chapin says:

    I live in Frederick County where our glass goes to the landfill.
    We have read that there may be a real shortage of glass vials when needed for the Covid vaccine. Can you verify this information?

    We live in Homewood, at retirement community that now does not recycle. We are trying to see if there is a way we could just collect glass and get it to you.

    Where do you send your glass? Is it mixed?
    Your thoughts are welcome.

    Thank you. Sue Chapin resue1@gmail.com

    1. Catherine Shaer says:

      Yes, they may be a shortage of the glass vials for the COVID-19 vaccine, when one or more is available, but special, medical grade glass is needed. A specific type of sand is needed to make glass for medical purposes and regular glass cannot be used.

  2. Sue Chapin says:

    Thank you for your response. I didn’t realize that special sand is needed for Medical vials.

    It looks pretty hopeless for us to be able to recycle glass here.

    Sue Chapin

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