Fairfax County, Va., has removed glass from its residential curbside recycling program in an effort to reduce material contamination. Now, the new preferred option for glass disposal is for residents to drop off glass at various purple glass-only bins throughout the county.
The county has installed a massive glass-crushing machine that will process the recycled glass into two types of material—a pea gravel-sized Colette and sand for public works use, according to a Local DVM report. There are 10 drop-off sites across the county and nine others in Northern Virginia.
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Due to the reduced demand for recycled glass, Fairfax County is making some changes to its recycling program.
You use your glass, sort it, and throw it in a recycling bin thinking that it’ll be recycled, but with the ongoing problems of integrated recycling that’s not always the case.
“The changes in recycling have been rather challenging for all jurisdictions. Fairfax County has found a way to fix that and it’s with big blue,” said Supervisor Penny Gross, Vice Chair for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.