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Through 10-year Agreement, County will Provide Glass to be Recycled as New Glass Containers

Baltimore County today that announced the Department of Public Works, Bureau of Solid Waste Management has started a new glass recycling program in partnership with Cap Glass, Inc. of Connellsville, Pennsylvania. 

Under the new 10-year agreement, the County will deliver glass from the Cockeysville Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) to the Cap Glass facility in Baltimore City. Cap Glass will process the glass to remove contaminants (such as paper and other items) and recover marketable glass. The marketable glass will be sent to OI Glass, Inc. to make new glass containers. 

“A better Baltimore County is one where sustainability and the future of our planet is a top priority, and this new agreement puts that commitment into action as we make our County’s recycling even more efficient,” said County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “I’m proud that our team was able to find an innovative solution to resume glass recycling in Baltimore County, reducing waste output in the process.” 

The glass recycling program will expand both the number of products and the volume of material that the County will be able to market. The County started delivering glass loads on July 20, 2020.  

“This is an important initiative to expand the County’s current recycling efforts,” said Michael R. Beichler, C.P.E Chief of the Baltimore County Department of Public Works’ Bureau of Solid Waste Management. “We’re thankful to engage in this productive partnership with Cap Glass and are looking forward to working together for years to come.” 

Until 2013, Baltimore County directly processed glass recycling. Like most jurisdictions across the country, Baltimore County experienced both technical and financial limitations that prevented efficient glass recycling at municipal facilities. 

This new agreement is the result of Baltimore County’s multi-year search for a sustainable glass market. Olszewski, who took office in December 2018, provided new funding in the County’s FY21 budget to help support County efforts to pursue a cost-efficient glass recycling initiative. 

This is the latest effort from the Olszewski Administration to promote environmental sustainability. 

Shortly after taking office, Olszewski created the County’s first Chief Sustainability Officer who is leading the development of county-wide Climate Action Plan, covering topics such as reduced energy consumption, promotion of green infrastructure, and sustainable growth policy. Earlier this year, Olszewski convened a Youth Climate Working Group to ensure youth voices and recommendations are included in the County’s Climate Action Plan and other sustainability efforts. The Youth Climate Working Group presented their recommendations to the administration in April 2020.


All Collections and Drop-Off Centers will Operate Normally on July 3

On Saturday, July 4, trash collection will not occur in Baltimore County, and all three trash and recycling drop-off centers will be closed. Residents with Saturday trash collection should hold their material until their next scheduled trash collection day.

Collection schedules are available for download on the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website and may also be requested by calling 410-887-2000. Schedules are also available on the County’s BaltCoGo mobile app.

On Friday, July 3, all scheduled collections will be running normally and all drop-off centers will be open with normal operating hours; however, the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s customer service line will be closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

Collections of all types may occur later than usual during the week following Independence Day. If a collection does not occur on the scheduled day during this period of time, materials should be left out until collection occurs.

Drop-off facilities will reopen on Monday, July 6.

For more information, residents may visit the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website or call 410-887-2000.


Collections May Occur Later than Usual During the Week Following Memorial Day

Baltimore County government trash, recycling or yard materials collection will be adjusted on Monday, May 25, 2020 in recognition of the Memorial Day holiday. 

Residents should consult their particular collection schedule to learn when to set out materials during weeks that contain a collection holiday. Schedules are available for download on the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website and may also be requested by calling 410-887-2000.

Schedules are also available on the County’s BaltCoGo mobile app, which is offered free of charge to Android and iPhone users.

Collections of all types may occur later than usual during the week following Memorial Day. 

If a collection does not occur on the scheduled day during this period of time, materials should be left out until collection occurs.

Drop-Off Centers

Trash and recycling drop-off centers will be closed on Monday, May 25. Drop-off centers will be open with normal hours on Friday, May 22, and Saturday, May 23. 

Drop-off facilities (and the trash and recycling customer service line) will reopen on Tuesday, May 26.

More Information

For more information, residents should visit the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website or call 410-887-2000.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017