JAMES CITY-On September 22, James City County officially launched a new pilot glass recycling program in partnership with Owens-Illinois (O-I).
James City County officials including County Administrator Scott Stevens, Economic Development Director Christopher Johnson, and Stonehouse District Board Supervisor Sue Sadler as well as O-I’s plant manager Jack King gathered at the county’s convenience center in Toano to toss the first glass bottles and jars into one of the large purple recycling bins. Each of the counties three convenience centers now have these glass-only recycling bins.
Once the bins are full, the glass materials will be sent to O-I’s 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.
Residents can take glass to be recycled for the pilot program to one of the county’s convenience centers located at 185 Industrial Blvd. in Toano; 1204 Jolly Pond Rd.; and 117 Tewning Rd. Acceptable materials include empty and rinsed bottles and jars in all colors. No other glass such as ceramics, mirrors, light bulbs, windows, or Pyrex dishware will be accepted.
County residents can still recycle glass through curbside containers, but only glass collected in the purple containers will go directly to O-I for this program. O-I plans to make a donation to the United Way based on the amount of glass it receives from James City County.
James City County and O-I first announced their collaboration on the program in May.
“James City County is very proud to have O-I in our community,” Sadler said. “We’ve been watching the process and we are all so excited to see this project come to fruition.”
For more information on the new glass only-recycling program, click here.