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James City County Partners With O-I On Glass Recycling Program

JAMES CITY-James City County is introducing a new glass recycling pilot program in collaboration with Owens-Illinois (O-I).

As part of the program, glass-only recycling containers will be stationed at several locations throughout the county. The recycled glass will be taken to the O-I plant in Toano to be processed into glass cullet, the material needed to produce new glass bottles. O-I, which has been located in James City County since 1980, manufactures glass from a variety of materials including sand, limestone, soda ash, and recycled glass.

“Living and working in the area, we see a great opportunity to positively impact the planet and our shared community by ensuring access to glass recycling,” said Jim Nordmeyer, vice president of global sustainability for O-I, in a release.  “Glass is infinitely recyclable, and it becomes even more sustainable by using recycled glass to make new glass.”

O-I will donate a bunker for recycled glass storage as well as four large purple containers for collection to the county for the program. In addition, the company will make a charitable donation to the United Way based on the amount of glass that it receives from James City County.


Empty and rinsed glass of all colors can be placed in the large glass-only containers, including glass beverage containers, food jars, and other glass. Clear, blue, green, and brown glass are all accepted. Labels, lids, and bottle caps can remain on containers, but can also be recycled separately as metal and plastic. Unacceptable items include light bulbs, glass dishware such as Pyrex, mirrors, windows, and ceramics.

Any business or organization that would like to participate and would like a smaller glass-only recyclable container can contact yesjcc@jamescitycountyva.gov.

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