Ever since glass was removed from the curbside recycling program in 2018, we’ve advocated for the return of convenient, accessible glass recycling options. Everyone’s efforts paid off: Gwinnett County Government just announced that it opened its first glass recycling drop-off! The 24/7 drop-off is located in the parking lot of OneStop Norcross, 5030 Georgia Belle Court, Norcross, GA 30093. It is a pilot, set to expand to more locations if this one is proven to be successful. So let’s use this drop-off and keep letting local leaders know we want more glass recycling!
Update: The county government has since opened two additional glass recycling drop-offs, at Pinckneyville Park in Peachtree Corners and E.E. Robinson Park in Sugar Hill.
The glass will will be taken to our friends at Strategic Materials, North America’s largest glass recycler. Strategic Materials has a processing facility in Atlanta and is ALWAYS in need of more recycled glass, often having to import it from other states to meet manufacturing demand here in Georgia!
Recycle empty glass food and beverage bottles and jars, with labels and metal lids left on. Leave out corks, cardboard boxes, plastic bags, ceramics like plates or mugs, and heat-resistant ovenware like Pyrex — they will contaminate the load and make it less valuable.
Thanks to all the residents who petitioned their leaders for convenient recycling options (many using our template letters) and supported our advocacy over the years! Anyone remember our glass recycling town hall event at Slow Pour Brewing in 2018, or our interview on CBS46 News?
Learn more about glass recycling in Gwinnett by reading our in-depth myths vs. facts article!
Want a glass recycling drop-off near you? Send an email to leaders of the Gwinnett County Support Services Department and the Fiscal and Solid Waste Management Division (Angelia Parham, firstname.lastname@example.org, Susan Paul, email@example.com, and Chris Fetterman, firstname.lastname@example.org) and cc your district commissioner and Chairwoman Nicole Love Hendrickson (email@example.com). Make your voice heard!
About Gwinnett Recycles: Gwinnett Recycles is focused on helping Gwinnett County, the second-largest county in the state of Georgia, reduce, reuse, compost, and recycle more material and keep waste out of landfills and the environment. Gwinnett Recycles is run 100% independently by citizen volunteers. To connect with us and support our efforts, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, subscribe to our newsletter, and consider volunteering with us!