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Glass Recycling Program Update



City residents are encouraged to drop off glass in purple, glass-only containers throughout Fairfax County, including the city's container at 10700 Page Avenue. 

Additionally, residents may take glass containers to: 

Glass jars and bottles must be clean. Labels and lids are accepted in the bins.

Fairfax City recycling crews will continue to collect glass curbside, until further notice. Information: email, 703-385-7816.

Glass Recycling Challenges

The global recycling market has experienced tremendous pressure over the last few years, and municipalities across the country are changing their handling of glass recycling, which has become both difficult to recycle and a significant expense. Based on these findings, the City is changing its approach to glass recycling to ensure the greatest environmental benefit.

Purple Can Club Program

Kids and Dad using glass recycling containerThe City of Fairfax has joined other Northern Virginia jurisdictions in the "Purple Can Club", a recycling program for residents to recycle their glass waste.  The Purple Can Club consists of over 27 purple, glass-only drop-off containers that are located throughout the region.  

Glass collected in these containers will be sent to a glass-crushing facility in Fairfax County where it’s crushed into sand and gravel for use in a variety of local construction projects, such as paving, pipe bedding and backfill. A portion of the glass will be transported to a glass processing plant in Wilson, NC to be made into new glass products.

Glass Drop-off Locations

The city has set up a purple glass-only drop off container at 10700 Page Avenue, Fairfax, VA 22030. Visible from Judicial Drive, the container is across the street from the Page Avenue Post Office, in the Burkeholder Administrative Building parking lot. There are currently over 27 glass drop off containers that residents are encouraged to also use. The drop-off centers are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Map of Glass Recycling Drop-off Sites:


Materials Accepted - YES!

Glass Jars with labels and lids

 - Glass bottles and jars ONLY

- Any colors, shapes and sizes of glass bottles and jars

- Lids and labels can be left on

- Empty and rinse all materials

Materials Not Accepted - NO!

- Do NOT bag glass (No plastic of any kind)

- No lamps or bulbs (Drop off at I-66 transfer station)

- No miscellaneous glass items, such as ceramics, porcelain, windows, Pyrex, mirrors or glass sheets. 

Curbside Collection of Glass

Fairfax City recycling crews will continue to collect glass curbside, until further notice. Information: email, 703-385-7816.

If you receive refuse and recycling services from a provider other than the City of Fairfax Public Works Department, please check with your provider regarding glass collection. You also are welcome to use the Purple bins.

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