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Effective immediately, the Village’s recycling contractor is NO LONGER RECYCLING GLASS. The contractor reports that glass breaks during transport, contaminating other materials, and causes machinery damage. In addition, the worldwide market for recycled glass has dropped precipitously, making it uneconomical for many communities to continue accepting glass in single stream recycling programs.
In order to provide an alternative, the Village is providing a glass drop-off at the Village Hall. Collected glass will be taken by our Public Works personnel to the Montgomery County Transfer Station. The county is able to accept glass because it maintains a relationship with purchasers who recycle a portion and the remainder is used as an alternate daily landfill cover that is applied on the surface of solid waste landfills at the end of each operating day to control vectors, fires, odors, blowing litter, and scavenging.
Residents can drop off intact or broken glass in the bins(s), marked “Glass Bottles and Jars Only” located just off of the main driveway at the Village Hall off of Laurel Parkway. Only clean glass bottles and jars may be placed in these carts, including all food and beverage bottles and jars made of clear, blue, brown and green glass. The following items are not acceptable: jar lids, sheet glass, glass windows, mirrors, Pyrex, light bulbs, crystal, glass dishes, and ceramics.
We hope that residents will take advantage of this opportunity to recycle glass and remind you to still use your green recycling cart to dispose of all other accepted recyclable materials except glass.