Glass Recycling

The Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority is implementing a new recycling program for glass approved by CT DEEP.  Local municipal recycling centers are now beginning to collect glass separate from the mixed recycling stream.  Please take the time to read below why we are implementing this program and how to properly prepare and recycle your glass beverage and food containers. For information specific to your town, select from the tabs below.

 

The current plan for the separated glass is to send it to Urban Mining a new recycling company here in Connecticut.  They make Pozzotive® a high performance postconsumer pozzolan and functional industrial filler, which is made from 100% recycled postconsumer glass.  Learn more about Urban Mining here.

 

It is important that you follow the instructions.  If you contaminate the glass container at your local drop-off with unacceptable items, it may cost your town contamination fees.  In order to recycle the glass at its highest value, you must recycle only the acceptable items listed below.

 

IMPORTANT to note: Glass is a designated recyclable by state law.  Glass should not be disposed of in the trash.  Learn more about the State of  Connecticut’s recycling laws by clicking here.

How a Used Bottle Becomes a New Bottle

What is the issue with glass?

After your recyclables are picked up at the curb, waste haulers bring the materials to a transfer station. It is then taken to a Material Recovery Facility (MRF). The facility’s machines and employees sort the materials using conveyor belts, screens, optical scanners, forced air, and magnets to identify and group materials together. The sorted materials are then bailed and sold to market to be made into new products.

 

While it’s convenient for residents to mix recyclables in the same bin, the sorting process for mixed recycling isn’t perfect. Machines and employees at the MRF cannot remove all the contamination. One of the biggest contaminates is broken glass particles. The pieces of glass attach themselves to paper, cardboard, and other recyclables contaminating the bails and reducing their market value. The glass itself that is sorted is contaminated with bits and pieces of other items such as small pieces of paper, bottle caps, metal, and straws. There is a cost to clean the glass in order for it to be recycled. Most MRF glass is sent to landfills as Alternate Daily Cover (ADC) and is never recycled into a new bottle or jar.

 

In addition, the glass is hard on equipment, accelerating the wear and tear on conveyor belts, screens and other moving parts.

What is the solution?

Due to current recycling markets, the cost to accept and process recyclables has increased significantly. In addition, contamination has also increased and has reduced the value of the commodities. In order to address the quality of the recyclables and to manage the increased cost, the Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority is implementing a program to recycle glass separate from the mixed recycling stream. This will increase the value of the overall mixed recycling stream and make the separated glass more marketable to be sold and recycled into new bottles and jars.

 

Glass is a Connecticut state mandated recyclable. All residents, businesses, schools and municipalities must recycle glass.

 

You may bring your glass to your local participating transfer station or contact a local hauler who provides the service at the curb.

How do I recycle glass correctly?

It is essential that you recycle ONLY acceptable glass. If you add any unacceptable items you contaminate the entire load and it will be either rejected or cost your town contamination fees.

 

1.)  Rinse your glass containers, remove lids or caps.

 

2.)  Place in a box or bag separate from your mixed recycling bin.

 

3.) Drop-off at your local participating recycling center during operating hours.

Note: Local transfer stations may require an annual permit to use the facility. Visit your town’s website or HRRA for more information

Local Glass Drop-Off Locations

Bethel

Place recyclable glass in separate collection container at the Bethel Transfer Station

 

Location:
Bethel Transfer Station
Route 53 at 1 Sympaug Park Road
Bethel, CT 06801
(Behind the Highway Department)

 

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday & Thursday 7:00am-3:00pm
Friday 7am -12pm
Saturday 7am – 3pm
(closed for lunch from noon to 1:00pm)

 

Permit:
Required – Free
Please click here to download a permit application.
NOTE: Due to COVID, please fill out the permit and e-mail or regular mail to the Town Clerk’s Office. A permit will be mailed to you.

Bridgewater

Place recyclable glass in separate collection container at the Bridgewater Town Garage

 

Location:
324 Hut Hill Rd.
Bridgewater, CT

Hours:
Tuesday: 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Permit:
Not Required

Brookfield

Place recyclable glass in collection container at Brookfield Municipal Center

 

There is a glass only collection container located next to the Fire House on Pocono Road.  Enter at the Refuse Yard and you will see the container on your right in the gravel parking lot in front of the soccer field.

Location:
Gravel parking lot between 92 Pocono Road and 100 Pocono Road

Hours:
24 Hours per day, 7 Days per week

Permit:
Not Required

Danbury

Place recyclable glass in separate collection container at the Mom & Pop Drop Off and Recycling Center

 

Location:
307 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810

Hours:
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Permit
Required
Free to Danbury Residents (proof of residency required)
Available on-site at the Mom & Pop Drop Off Center

Kent

Place recyclable glass in separate collection container at the Kent Transfer Station.

 

Location:
Maple Street (Route 341 East) Kent

 

Hours:
Saturday and Sunday
8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Gate Closes at 3:15 p.m.

 

Permit
Required
Fee: $150 per household/ $130 if someone in the household is over the age of 65.
Please click here to download a permit application.

New Fairfield

Place recyclable glass in separate collection container at the New Fairfield Drop-Off Center

 

Location:
33 Bigelow Road
New Fairfield, CT 06812

Hours:
Tuesday & Saturday:
8:00 am – 3:45 pm
Thursday:
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Permit:
Required
Permit may purchased on site at the New Fairfield Drop-off Center or online – click here

New Milford

Place recyclable glass in separate collection container at the New Milford Recycling Center.

 

Location:
18 Young’s Field Road, New Milford
Phone:
860-799-5068

 

Hours:
Monday: 7:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday: 7:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Saturday: 7:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday: 7:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m

 

Permit
Required
$20 for New Milford Residents
$40 Commercial (10 employees or less)
The first sticker per household is FREE for Senior Citizens (65+)

Where to get permit:
New Milford Residents:
Please Click Here to download a permit application
Permit may be purchased at the
Recycling Center
18 Young’s Field Road

Newtown

Place recyclable glass in separate collection container at the Newtown Transfer Station

 

Location:
4 Ethan Allen Rd.
Newtown, CT 06470

Tuesday-Saturday: 7:00am-3:00pm

Permit:
Not required to recycle glass

 

Residents are encouraged (not required) to separate glass from their mixed recycling bin.

We understand going to the transfer station may not be ideal.  Ideas are currently under consideration on how to separate glass curbside.

In the meantime, for those who are able to take it to the transfer station, there will be a container for “glass only”.

A permit is NOT required to access the transfer station to recycle glass.

The Town of Newtown is the only town in the HRRA Region that has municipal collection of recycling.  This means the cost of collection is in your tax dollars.  Due to market conditions, the rate of recycling has increased from $10 a ton to now $94 ton.  Glass is the heaviest material in the mixed recycling stream.  When glass is removed from the mixed stream we can reduce the cost by $10-$15 per ton.

Glass in the Mixed Stream vs Collecting it Separately:
Currently, glass that is mixed in the stream is not being used for new glass products. It is turned into a beneficial material for landfill cover replacing the use of earthen products, which isn’t the highest & best use. However, when we collect glass separately, it becomes a quality material for recycling into bottles, composite industrial fillers for cement blocks, fiber glass products and many other recycled products.

Ridgefield

Place recyclable glass in separate collection container at the Ridgefield Recycling Center

 

Location:
59 South St. Ridgefield, CT

Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday
7:30 am – 3:00 pm

Permit:
Required
Permits can be purchased at the Ridgefield Town Hall, Tax Collector’s Office or through the mail. Please click here to download a permit application.

Redding

Place recyclable glass in separate collection container at the Redding Transfer Station

 

Location:
Redding Transfer Station
84 Hopewell Woods Rd.
Redding, CT 06896

Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday
7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Permit:
Required
Please click here to download a permit application.

Sherman

Place recyclable glass in separate collection container at the Sherman Public Works

 

 

Location:

Mallory Town Hall
9 Rte 39 North
Sherman, Connecticut 06784

 

Permit:

Not Required

Weston

Place recyclable glass in separate collection container at the Weston Transfer Station.

 

Location:
237 Godfrey Road East, Weston
HoursTuesday* – Friday:
8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Saturday:
8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
*Holiday’s observed on Tuesday’s
Permit:
Required
Free to every resident.
A sticker is issued with the motor vehicle tax bill every June, and is valid for 1 year.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT GLASS CAN I RECYCLE?

The glass program accepts all colors of food and beverage glass. Labels can stay on.
If you can see through it, we can likely recycle it!

For a complete list of glass items that can and can’t be recycled, please click here.

WHY ISN'T GLASS COLLECTED IN MY MIXED RECYCLING BIN?

The short answer—glass breaks.

When glass is mixed with other recyclables, broken glass degrades and contaminates those other materials, reducing their value and sometimes their ability to be sold to market.  In addition, the glass that is collected along with other recyclables is often sent to landfills as an Alternate Daily Cover and never recycled into a new product.

DOES THE HRRA PROVIDE BINS OR TOTES FOR MY HOME TO COLLECT GLASS?

The short answer is – No

The HRRA and participating municipalities are not providing small carry containers to collect glass.  We encourage you to reuse a box or a bag to collect your glass bottles and jars to transport them to your local recycling center.

DO I HAVE TO SEPARATE GLASS BY COLOR?
No, you don’t! All brown, green, blue, and clear food and beverage containers can be mixed together in the same collection bin.
DO I NEED TO REMOVE THE LABELS?
Nope. You can leave all the labels on your containers, unless you’re into label peeling and you find joy in it.
DO I NEED TO REMOVE LIDS AND CAPS?
If you can take them off easily, that would be great! We are trying to create a clean and valuable collection of glass without any contamination.
DO I HAVE TO RINSE THE CONTAINERS?
That would be nice. But it’s not essential. You may find that rinsing the bottles and glass containers keeps your home or garage smelling a bit fresher.
CAN I PUT PYREX OR COFFEE MUGS IN THE GLASS BIN?
We cannot accept Pyrex, Corning ware, ceramics, dishware, or your left overs. We can accept all glass food and beverage containers of any color (including mason jars).  These items are not made of the same glass recipe as beverage and food containers.  Placing these items in the bin will contaminate an entire load and could either be rejected or cost the region more money for alternative disposal.  It’s important to ONLY put acceptable items in your collection bin.
CAN I PUT MIRRORS, LIGHT BULBS OR TVs IN THE BIN?
Another short answer. No
For the same reasons you can not put pyrex dishes or ceramic, please do not put mirrors, light bulbs or TVs in your collection bin.
Some light bulbs contain mercury and should be recycled with your electronic waste along with the TV.
Mirrors should be placed in your household trash.
CAN I PUT WINDOWS, SHOWER DOORS OR GLASS TABLE TOPS IN THE BINS?
Sorry the answer is another NO.
We can not accept glass that is laminated (think windshields), or safety glass that is designed not to break. When in doubt, e-mail us at info@hrra.org
We can ONLY accept glass bottles, and food jars and containers.
CAN I PUT CANDLE JARS OR VOTIVES IN THE BINS?

No

WHAT IS GLASS CULLET?

Glass cullet is glass that is cleaned, crushed and ready to be processed into new products including glass containers, fiberglass, reflective paints, abrasives, aggregates, and more.

CAN THE HRRA HELP WITH RECYCLING AT LOCAL EVENTS?

Yes.  The HRRA through the support of CT DEEP offers special event recycling containers called Clear Stream Bins.  We provide the bins and the clear bag inserts.  Email info@hrra.org for more information.

SHOULD I INCLUDE REDEMPTION BOTTLES IN MY GLASS CONTAINER?

The short answer is no.

You should redeem your bottle deposit at a local redemption center or return to a grocery store.  If you can not get to redemption center or grocery store to return your bottles for redemption, they are acceptable for recycling in the glass collection program.

Environmental Facts

Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity.

Glass is made from readily-available domestic materials, such as sand, soda ash, limestone and “cullet,” the industry term for furnace-ready recycled glass.

Recycled glass can be substituted for up to 95% of raw materials.

Manufacturers benefit from recycling in several ways: Recycled glass reduces emissions and consumption of raw materials, extends the life of plant equipment, such as furnaces, and saves energy.

Recycled glass containers are always needed because glass manufacturers require high-quality recycled container glass to meet market demands for new glass containers.

Recycled glass is always part of the recipe for glass, and the more that is used, the greater the decrease in energy used in the furnace. This makes using recycled glass profitable in the long run, lowering costs for glass container manufacturers—and benefiting the environment.

http://www.gpi.org/recycling/glass-recycling-facts

For more facts on glass recycling visit www.gpi.org

Much of the information provided on this page came from Ripple Glass.  A successful glass recycling company.  You can visit their site at https://www.rippleglass.com/