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Posted on: February 8, 2021

Loudoun County Glass Recycling Program Expands

Image of Purple Glass Recycling Bin in Loudoun County

Loudoun County launched a pilot glass recycling program in July 2020 at the county’s recycling drop-off centers in Hamilton, Leesburg and Sterling. The county has now expanded the program to three additional sites: Arcola, Middleburg and Philomont. Glass bottles and jars are now being collected separately at the:

  • Arcola Recycling Center, 24244 Stone Springs Boulevard, Arcola
  • Central Western Loudoun Recycling Center, 38159 Colonial Highway, Hamilton
  • Landfill Recycling Center, 21101 Evergreen Mills Road, Leesburg
  • Mickie Gordon Park Recycling Center, 23229 Carters Farm Lane, Middleburg
  • Philomont Recycling Center, 36560 Jeb Stuart Road, Philomont
  • Sterling Park Recycling Center, 400 W Laurel Avenue, Sterling

Visitors to the recycling center will see large purple bins labeled “Glass Recycling,” where glass bottles and jars are to be placed. Please follow these guidelines:

  • Only glass bottles and jars are accepted.
  • The glass bottles and jars must be empty and rinsed out.
  • No lids or caps. 
  • Deposit bottles and jars loosely in the recycling containers provided, not in bags. 

The program is designed to increase recycling opportunities for glass. Glass that is commingled with other recyclable materials at the point of collection requires additional processing not currently available at local facilities and results in disposal of the glass as waste or otherwise limits the extent to which the glass can be recycled. The glass bottles and jars collected in the purple bins at the county's recycling drop-off centers is delivered to Fairfax County to be used in construction projects and may also be sent to other facilities that are able to recycle it into new glass bottles and other products.

More information about recycling in Loudoun County is online at loudoun.gov/recycling.

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