Contamination occurs when materials are not properly cleaned, such as when food residue remains on a container, or when non-acceptable items are tossed into the recycling bin.
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The #glassonly recycling drop location program is free to residents of the City of Savannah.
Yes. Broken bottles, jars and jugs are accepted at the #glassonly recycling drop sites. Please ensure they are clean and dry before putting them in the recycling bin.
Yes. If you can remember to take your lids off before recycling your glass, that is preferable. However, if you happen to forget to remove those lids before you drop your glass in the bin, no worries. We have powerful magnets that will separate the metal lids from the glass during our processing.
This is one of the most common recycling mistakes. All recyclables need to be both clean and dry ensuring liquid and food residue is removed as the residue contaminates the material preventing recycling. Only putting clean and dry glass in recycling bin also keeps the roll-off container cleaner and less stinky making the recycling experience more enjoyable for other residents.
No. You do not need to use soap to clean your recyclables. Simply rinsing them, ensuring all residue is removed, and drying them is sufficient.
When glass is collected in #glassonly recycling containers, it results in a cleaner glass stream resulting in a higher recovery rate of the glass material. U.S. manufacturers need this clean material to reduce raw material demands.
Single-stream recycling, which commingles all recyclables (paper, cardboard, metals, plastics, and glass) in one bin, has been the primary means of collecting recyclables in the U.S. since the early 1990’s. When glass is collected in single-stream recycling collection programs, it breaks and embeds into other materials, creating contamination and decreasing material value. This results in large amounts of collected material going to U.S. landfills.
Yes. Date TBD. Stay tuned to the City of Savannah and The Upcycling Company’s websites and social for program announcements.
Please visit https://recycleglasshere.com/recycle-glass/ and go to the Request Drop Location form. Complete and submit your request and we will consider your request as we expand the #glassonly recycling drop location program.
Recycled regionally for reuse in the glass industry.
According to the EPA, the current glass recycling rate is around 31% annually.