Since the rollout of the Glass On The Side Program (GOTS) in September of 2019, Orange County has expanded service to over 100 commercial and residential facilities in the Chapel Hill and Carrboro area. The residents, restaurants, and businesses that have committed to separating glass and reducing contamination levels have helped the County recycle more than 1.2 million lbs (600 tons) of glass separately.
Glass can be endlessly recycled with almost no change in its quality or durability. Separating glass from regular recycling increases its recycling rate to almost 100%. The glass collected separately is transported directly to the Strategic Materials Facility in Wilson, NC and recycled into a wide range of products including new bottles and jars, fiberglass insulation, reflective paint beads for highways, and sand-blasting media, mainly made here in NC.
The collective efforts to recycle glass separately not only helps the community, but also reduces greenhouse gas emissions! For every 6 tons of glass that is recycled into new bottles and jars, 1 ton of CO2 is saved. Since the start of the GOTS program, approximately 100 tons of CO2 emissions have been saved. This is equivalent to saving 10,208 gallons of gas from being consumed or preventing 100,270 pounds of coal from being burned.
The Solid Waste Department wants to thank all residents, restaurants, and businesses that participate in the GOTS program! Residents who are interested in recycling their glass separately can bring their glass to any of the five Waste and Recycling Centers or any of the four 24-hr drop-off sites.
For more information on the benefits of glass recycling, visit this link.