Northern Virginia unveils purple “glass recovery bins” to streamline recycling process


The City of Alexandria has partnered with Fairfax, Arlington, and Prince William Counties to “go green,” or in this case, purple.

Ten purple glass recovery bins are now Northern Virginia’s glass collection sites. As opposed to recycling used glass curbside, the receptacles ensure that glass is recycled and reused — when glass is recycled the traditional way, it can be mixed with paper and plastic, making it harder to repurpose.

Now, more glass can be recycled and reused — even as sand or gravel. 

“This allows us to take the crushed glass that pulverizes into small bits of gravel and use [it] for other construction projects,” said Helen Lee, environmental program manager for the City of Alexandria.

Lee says the city is looking into using the sand for its sandbags it hands out during floods. 

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