VIRTUAL TOWN HALL TO DISCUSS GLASS REUSE PLAN
On Tuesday, Nov. 17, the City of Tucson Mayor and Council voted to remove glass from the residential and commercial blue barrel program and start reusing it. Starting Feb. 1, 2021, glass will no longer be accepted in the blue bins, but instead will be collected at drop-off sites across the city.
By removing glass from curbside collection, the Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) will reduce processing costs at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), while implementing a communitywide glass collection program that keeps glass for reuse locally. The reuse of glass locally provides the City with more program control, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This program will support the City's adopted Climate Action Plan that was approved by Mayor and Council.
Drop-off sites will be opening in February, and information will be mailed to all EGSD customers in January. Glass dropped off should be empty, clean, dry, and lids and caps should be removed. There is no need to remove the labels.
Starting Feb. 21, 2021, here is what will be accepted in the blue barrel program:
EGSD is hosting three Virtual Town Halls for residents to learn more about the reuse program and why this decision was made. The town halls are open to the public and will be over Zoom and the links can be found on the glass webpage.
Here is the schedule:
- Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, @ 5:30 p.m.
- Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, @ 10 a.m.
- Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, @ 6:30 p.m.