City of Tucson will no longer accept glass in your recycle bin after Feb. 1

Tucson Environmental and General Services is making changes to its recycling program when it comes to glass.

Residents should be aware that glass will no longer be accepted in those recycle bins after Feb. 1. However, there is a way to properly dispose of it.

The change is a result of a rise in processing costs to recycle. The new way to dispose glass will be at one of 21 glass disposal locations across Tucson.

The city understands that this may be an inconvenience for many. Tucson has made sure that most homes will have a disposal bin about two miles from them.

“The processing costs for recycling have increased tremendously,” said Cristina Polsgrove of Tucson Environmental & General Services. “We used to be in a situation where we’d generate a half a million dollars a year from the sale of recyclables. But that’s gone away and now we’re looking at a projected cost of about 4 million dollars a year.”

Residents will be notified of this change via mail.

If you have any questions regarding the change, the city is hosting its final public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. In order to register to attend the virtual event, click here.


To learn more about the new Glass Reuse Plan, visit


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