A tour at the Materials Recycling Facility. Image courtesy of the Pittsburgh Department of Public Works.

If you’re ready for spring cleaning or caught up in a Marie Kondo-inspired battle to eliminate all clutter, here’s a bit of good news: Glass recycling will soon return, in drop-off form, to the South Hills.

Starting March 9, Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) will begin a series of glass collection events in the townships and boroughs south of Pittsburgh. On designated Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., citizens can drop off their glass with PRC staff at a rotating list of collection points.

Dozens of South Hills communities bid collectively on municipal contracts for services like trash collection, which is handled by the Texas-based company Waste Management. In November of last year, the company announced it would no longer accept glass into its single-stream recycling system in 2019, citing the maintenance costs associated with shattered glass in their sorting machines.

“We commend the municipal governments who helped PRC develop this network for their strong commitment to recycling and leadership, and we thank Oxford Development, Quaker Valley School District and Avonworth Park for serving as site partners,” says Justin Stockdale, co-executive director of PRC, one of the state’s oldest environmental nonprofits.

“PRC hopes to expand this service by partnering with additional municipalities who also recognize that glass remains a valuable commodity with vibrant demand in the regional/national recycled materials marketplace,” Stockdale says.

The Westmoreland-based CAP Glass recycling company, bottle manufacturer Owens-Illinois and Straub Brewery are co-sponsors of the program. Here’s when and where you can drop off glass:

March 9, Village Square Mall (Bethel Park)

March 30, Edgeworth Elementary School  (Edgeworth)

April 6, South Fayette Municipal Building (South Fayette)

April 13, Dormont Pool (Dormont)

April 27, Avalon Borough Park (Avalon)

May 11, Village Square Mall (Upper St. Clair)

June 1, Avonworth Park (Kilbuck Township)

June 8, location to be announced (Mt. Lebanon)

Bill O'Toole

Bill O'Toole was a full-time reporter for NEXTpittsburgh until October, 2019. He previously reported in Myanmar.