County Supervisors Seek Ashburn Glass Recycling Spot

A new glass recycling drop-off could be coming to Ashburn.

Loudoun County supervisors decided in 2020 that including glass in Loudoun’s otherwise single-stream recycling is too expensive and wasteful, in part because shattered glass in a recycling container can contaminate other recyclables and send that container to the landfill instead. Instead, they launched a pilot glass recycling program in July 2020, with separate purple bins for collecting glass.

The program later was expanded from three to six drop-offs, and Supervisor Sylvia R. Glass (D-Broad Run) has asked county staff members to find a location for a seventh in Ashburn in the 20147 ZIP code.

“I’ve heard from several constituents in Broad Run that recycling their glass separately from the rest of their recyclables is difficult due to the lack of convenient recycling locations,” said Supervisors Sylvia R. Glass (D-Broad Run). She said the closest glass drop-offs for those people is in Sterling, Leesburg or Arcola.

Supervisors on Nov. 3 unanimously voted to direct the county Department of General Services to study the feasibility, cost, and possible locations for a new glass recycling container.

The glass collected at the county’s recycling drop-off centers is delivered to Fairfax County to be used in construction projects, and may also be sent to other facilities that are able to recycle it into new glass bottles and other products.

Currently Glass drop-offs are at:

  • Arcola Recycling Center,24244 Stone Springs Boulevard, Arcola
  • Central Western Loudoun Recycling Center,38159 Colonial Highway, Hamilton
  • Landfill Recycling Center,21101 Evergreen Mills Road, Leesburg
  • Mickie Gordon Park Recycling Center,23229 Carters Farm Lane, Middleburg
  • Philomont Recycling Center,36560 Jeb Stuart Road, Philomont
  • Sterling Park Recycling Center,400 W Laurel Avenue, Sterling

More information about recycling in Loudoun County is online at

2 thoughts on “County Supervisors Seek Ashburn Glass Recycling Spot

  • 2021-11-26 at 12:36 pm

    Anything that can be done to enhance recycling — I’m all for. It’s also important to reuse many items (e.g. shopping bags, hand-me-down clothing, jugs holding spring water, etc.) With any luck, Loudoun will be the greenest county in America one day! Happy Holidays Loudoun!

  • 2021-11-28 at 9:23 am

    Perhaps each Loudoun household should just designate one working-age adult to be the full-time recycler and composter. They will be responsible for cleaning, sorting and transporting each type to its appropriate drop-off locations.

    Sure it’s going to be a problem for some families who will be staring down the barrel of the tax hikes the local (D)s want to push onto residents, but it’s *TOTALLY* worth it.

    And with the LCPS circling the drain, if there are children in the household and another working-age adult, that person can be responsible for education.

    Look ma… no income!

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