Akron: Mayor Horrigan Launches Glass Drop Off Recycling Program
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~ The City of Akron has launched a glass drop off recycling program in five locations throughout the city. Mayor Horrigan held a press conference to announce the program, which will accept all clean food and beverage glass bottles in purple recycling bins. The bins are located at Diamond Crystal Ballfield, Akron's Dog Park, Behind Spaghetti Warehouse, Goodyear Heights Metroparks, and Goodpark Golf Course.

The city has partnered with Ohio-based company O-I for this program. O-I donated the recycling bins to the city of Akron and has partnered with CAP Glass who will transport and process the collected glass before supplying it to an O-I facility where it will be made into new glass bottles and jars.

"We know how important recycling is to our residents and we're proud to offer this solution for glass recycling here in Akron," said Mayor Horrigan. "Glass is infinitely recyclable if we can capture it without contaminating the supply with other recyclables and waste, which is exactly what this program will do. Akron, our residents, Ohio manufacturing, and our environment all benefit from this program, and I can't wait to see our residents utilize this sustainable solution for glass."

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Elizabeth Hupp, Global Social Engagement Leader at O-I said: "O-I is committed to sustainability and social impact, and glass recycling contributes to these commitments in many ways, including waste reduction, material conservation, energy reduction and job creation. We are excited to launch this partnership with the City of Akron to create a more circular economy for glass packaging. The glass recycled in Akron will be recycled at our Zanesville facility where it can become new sustainable glass packaging in as little as 30 days."

Residents are encouraged to gather their clean food jars and bottles (no need to remove labels), wash them out and remove any caps or corks before dropping them off at one of the five locations listed above. Items that are not acceptable for glass recycling include windows, mirrors, light bulbs solar panels heat-resistant glass (e.g., Pyrex), drinking glasses computer/TV screens ceramics vases etc. For more information on the program please visit the city's Engage page here or contact Stephanie Marsh Chief Communications Officer at 330-375-2754 or via email.

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