Let's Be Clear About Glass Recycling - City of Atlanta, Mayor's Office of Resilience
Atlanta is proud to be a leading city on sustainability initiatives, and solid waste recycling plays a major role in achieving our environmental goals.
Like many of our peer cities, we provide a curbside, single stream recycling program for our residents, and currently accept all forms of recyclable material, including glass (household paper, cardboard, glass, cans, and plastics numbered 1-5 & 7).
Recently a few of our environmentally conscious residents inquired about how the City processes glass, and we want to be clear about our actions. Glass is a commodity, and like any other commodity, markets fluctuate up and down. The City currently contracts with Pratt Industries to process our recycling. We continue to collect glass and will recycle based on market conditions.
While cities across the country have stopped processing glass for recycling and no longer accept glass as part of their residential recycling program, Atlanta remains committed to finding solutions that make sense for our economy and environment with our recycling program. We encourage residents to keep up their habit of placing glass jars and bottles in the Cartlanta bins so that we have a robust supply of glass to recycle when market conditions are favorable.
What do I need to know?
Residents who want the assurance that their used glass will always be recycled have 3 locations that are presently accepting glass.
- The Center for Hard to Recycle Materials ("CHaRM"), a city-supported recycling facility located at 1110 Hill Street, SE. CHaRM has a contract with College Park-based Strategic Materials which processes tons of mixed glass daily. CHaRM also accepts a wide variety of household hazardous waste and other hard-to-recycle items.
- Atlanta Edgewood Target, 1275 Caroline St NE, Atlanta
- Your DeKalb Farmers Market, 3000 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
Eligible glass containers are those use for food and beverages only. Pane glass, mirrors, light bulbs, ceramic glass or non-beverage and non-food containers are excluded. Glass containers should be rinsed and free of food and liquids when they are dropped off.
Atlanta remains committed to finding solutions that make sense for our economy and environment with our recycling program.
Please feel free to reach out to us with your comments and suggestions.