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St. Augustine sets up glass recycling sites

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St. Augustine has launched a drop-off recycling program for glass.

But only certain types of glass can be placed in the specially designed blue dumpsters with locking lids and glass bottle- and jar-friendly openings that are now set up at three sites in the city.

The designated locations are Downtown Lincolnville at 501 Riberia St.; North City at 323 San Marco Ave.; and Anastasia Island at 143 Red Cox Drive.

“We appreciate the patience of our residents who have eagerly awaited this moment and look forward to their participation in this new program,” Solid Waste Manager Olivia Smith said. “Together, we can make a significant impact on reducing landfill waste and protecting our environment.”

The types of glass that can, and cannot be recycled at St. Augustine's new drop-off centers.
City of St. Augustine
The types of glass that can, and cannot be recycled at St. Augustine's new drop-off centers.

Acceptable glass items for recycling include packaging for food, beverages, hot sauces, spices, syrups, baby foods, perfume bottles, cosmetic jars and Mason jars. Residents have to remove any metal or plastic lids and caps before recycling, and remember to rinse the containers.

Some glass items are not recyclable and do not belong in the designated blue glass dumpsters. That includes dishware, crystal and stemware, drinkware and figurines made of glass, ceramic or porcelain. Automotive windows and mirrors, picture frames, tabletops, computer monitors, magnifying glasses, eyewear, marbles and light bulbs also are not recyclable, city officials said.

Dan Scanlan is a veteran journalist with almost 40 years as a radio, television and print reporter in the Jacksonville area, as well as years of broadcast work in the Northeast. You can reach Dan at, (904) 607-2770 or on Twitter at @scanlan_dan.