Glass Recycling Pop-Up Event Reaches Capacity
It was a record setting day for a pop-up glass recycling event in Erie County. Just ask co-owner of Bayfront Glass Nick Bruno. "We're over capacity, we're going to have to make two trips today," Bruno said around 1:30 p.m. "We're closing early because we can't accept anymore." The event was scheduled to run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Bayfront Glass is the company working to re-start glass recycling in the Erie area, and clearly there is an appetite for it. People streamed into the parking lot of the Whole Foods Coop on Saturday, host of the latest pop-up collection.
Bruno said people clearly had been saving their glass for weeks to bring to the event, and as they dropped it off, many thanked them for what they were doing.
This was the 5th in a series of events to collect glass for recycling since Erie and other municipalities are beginning to drop glass from their recycling efforts. The problem developed when the city allowed residents to recycle everything in one "stream," and broken glass contaminated other items.
At the pop-up events they are taking food and beverage glass containers, canning jars, and glass jars from candles. They must be rinsed out, and have the caps and lids removed. All colors of glass, including beer and wine bottles are accepted, they just ask that people bring them in cardboard boxes or totes, not bags. "From here the glass goes to our warehouse, we have a machine coming next week to reduce the size of the glass, so we can store more in the warehouse, until we have a large enough volume that we can sell to the buyer," Bruno said.
On Saturday they collected over 6,000 pounds of glass for recycling. The next pop up event is next Saturday, October 5 at the Washington Township building in the Edinboro area. They are scheduling more collection events for October and November. You can contact Bayfront Glass if your church or organization would like to host an event. Just click here for more information on the schedule.