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 glass. 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

View the Glass Reuse Plan HERE

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, and reducing our environmental footprint. 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, and 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: 

  • Plastic bottles, jugs, and containers 

  • Paper  

  • Cardboard 

  • Aluminum/steel cans 

Anyone with questions can email