Alexandria’s New Glass Recovery Program

Page updated on Aug 7, 2019 at 8:33 AM

Alexandria’s New Glass Recovery Program

Glass Drop-Off BinCurrently, glass collected for recycling by our contractors is ending up in landfills due to a variety of issues, including recycling contamination, rising recycling costs, and lack of a regional glass processing capacity. Rather than removing glass from Alexandria’s recycling program, as some jurisdictions around the country have done, the City has decided to weather the current challenges and continue to collect glass curbside until the market for recycled glass improves.

The City is actively monitoring the market for a viable option to recycle glass and working with our neighbors to propose and advocate for innovative solutions. While glass is still accepted in the blue recycling bin, the City has partnered with Fairfax County and established four drop-off centers to improve the recyclability of glass. Glass separated at these centers will be hauled to a processing plant in Fairfax County to be recycled into gravel and sand that can be used locally. These end products can be used in landscaping, construction projects, and even remanufactured into new glass items.

Glass Drop-Off Locations

The City has launched purple glass only bins at the City's four Recycling Drop-Off Centers. These centers have recycling containers for residents and small businesses to deposit recyclables. The drop-off centers are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

The City of Alexandria is proudly part of the Northern Virginia Glass Recovery Program.  

Materials Accepted

Glass Bottles and Jars

  • Glass Bottles and Jars ONLY
  • All colors are accepted
  • Preparing your materials: Empty and rinse, labels can be kept on, metal lids and caps are accepted 


Materials Not Accepted

Glass Not Accepted  Glass Not Accepted 2

As the markets change and develop, what is and is not recyclable may change. The City of Alexandria's Recycling Program will work to keep you informed about what is and is not recyclable.

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The City's Glass Recovery Program is one of the first short-term action items to be implemented as part of the City’s WasteSmart Strategic Plan, a roadmap that will guide the city’s refuse, recycling and organics collection for the next 20 years.