The City of Hagerstown, in partnership with its waste collection contractor, Waste Management, announce that glass will no longer be accepted with the recycling program and must be disposed of with trash items.
The City strives to promote sustainable practices for our community and our planet while continuing to provide a high level of service to residents at an affordable rate. The recyclables collected by Waste Management in the City are delivered to the Apple Valley Waste Materials Recycling Facility in Maryland. The facility is no longer accepting glass because the local and regional market demand for glass cullet has continued to decline over the past several years. This low demand has resulted in the costs of glass collection, processing, and transportation to exceed the commodity sale value.
The City of Hagerstown reminds residents that recycling is still easy and convenient through the single-stream recycling collection program. Simply recycle all empty plastic bottles, cans, and paper. Keep foods and liquids out of recycling; this can contaminate the materials and make them unsuitable for recycling. Keep plastic bags out of your recycling; instead, drop them off at a local store that accepts them for recycling.
Residents with questions should call the Hagerstown Recycles Hotline at 301-739-8577 ext. 106.