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Posted on: September 22, 2022

JCC's Glass-only Recycling Celebrates First Anniversary

OI Purple Dumpster with Bags and Bottles

It has been one smashing year since the official launch of the Glass-only Recycling Program! James City County offers Glass-only Recycling to citizens through drop-off in the purple bins located at the County’s three Convenience Centers.

To date, 145,370 pounds or almost 66 tons of glass have been collected. Approximately 39 tons of sand, 12 tons of soda ash, 11 tons of limestone and five tons of feldspar have been conserved. For every six tons of recycled container glass used, a ton of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, is reduced, totaling 11 tons of curbed emissions to date.

The Glass-only Recycling program is possible through a partnership with O-I Glass, a container glass company that has been operating in James City County since 1980. One year ago, O-I purchased special purple bins to collect glass that is taken to the O-I Glass plant in Toano and used to produce new glass bottles and containers within 30 days.

As a token of their appreciation for citizen efforts, O-I Glass makes a quarterly charitable donation to the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula. They distribute the funds to various charities in James City County for their mission, Pathways Out of Poverty. A total of $4,115.75 has been donated to the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula since the program’s inception.

Special thanks to the Clean County Commission for using grant funds from the Department of Environmental Quality to purchase a mobile steel container to be used at special events. Grant funds were also used to purchase 720 purple buckets that are being distributed to residents to facilitate household glass collection.

For more information on what forms of glass are accepted and Convenience Center locations, visit the website or call 757-259-5375. 

Media Contact:
Cassie Cordova, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator
757-259-5375; cassie.cordova@jamescitycountyva.gov

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