Residents of the Mount Vernon District no longer have to schlep boxes of glass all the way to Fairfax County’s I-95 and I-66 recycling and disposal centers for recycling.
Instead, just take it to the newly installed purple-colored glass recycling bin at the Mount Vernon Governmental Center at 2511 Parkers Lane in the Hybla Valley area of Alexandria.
The glass recycling bin is part of Fairfax County’s expanded “Purple Can Club” initiative, where Fairfax County takes the lead in recycling glass from purple bin collection points across Northern Virginia in partnership with Arlington County, Prince William County and the City of Alexandria.
The introduction of the purple bins is the County’s response to recent changes in the market for recyclable goods that has seen buyers ditch glass to preserve the integrity of more valuable products like paper and plastic.
For a long time, instead of being recycled, glass that residents were disposing of through Fairfax County’s curbside single-stream recycling process was being separated and discarded in landfill to prevent cross-contamination.
Earlier this year, an alternative was put in place; Fairfax County now has the capability to recycle its own glass using the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services’ “Big Blue” glass crusher located at the I-95 landfill complex in Lorton. The crushed material is used in a variety of projects, such as road construction.
Fairfax County had been recommending that residents separate and drop off glass at the purple bins located at the I-66 Transfer Station and I-95 Landfill Complex. But now those bins are being installed at more convenient locations around the County, including the Mount Vernon Governmental Center.
Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck announced the purple bin’s arrival in an email on Friday, July 12, 2019:
“The purple bin has arrived! You can now drop off your glass recycling quickly and conveniently.”
All colors of emptied, clean glass bottles and jars are accepted at the purple bin drop-off sites. Do not mix in food, plastic bags, lamps or light bulbs, ceramics, porcelain, mirrors, windows or glass sheets.
To learn more about glass recycling, visit:
Learn more about the Purple Can Club here: fairfaxcounty.gov/regional-approach-glass-recycling-leads-creation-purple-can-club
— By Lori Ostrow, Fort Hunt Herald
Featured photo: Crushed glass (Credit: Fairfax County Government).