How-to Information for Glass Recycling Drop-Off and Pick-Up:

  • Residents are invited to take DRY, EMPTY glass beverage bottles and small jars to any of the 4 Citizen Collection Stations located throughout the City of El Paso, during normal business hours. (See information below for locations and hours)
  • Please remove lids, caps, or corks from bottles and jars, for better processing.
  • Environmental Services will not be requiring residents to present a water bill or identification at the Citizen Collection Stations if they are bringing glass for recycling.
  • Once at the site, the attendant at the gate will guide residents over to the glass sorting drop bins towards the front of the Citizen Collection Station.
  • Residents will be asked to separate their glass items by color (green, brown, clear) and carefully drop items into the slot of the corresponding bins at the Station.
  • For residents who are interested in using crushed glass in projects in their home, they can pick up crushed glass at the Pendale Citizen Collection Station, located at 1034 Pendale.
  • The crushed glass will be FREE OF CHARGE to the public and there is no limit on the amount of glass residents can take home.
  • For ideas on how to use crushed glass in home projects, check out our Crushed Glass Ideas listing.


Citizen Collection Station information:

  • All four Citizen Collection Stations will be ACCEPTING glass from residents.
  • The Pendale Citizen Collection Station is currently the only site where the public can pick up crushed glass free of charge.
  • All Citizen Collection Stations are open Tuesday through Saturday, 8 am – 4 pm.
  • For residents bringing glass for recycling, they will not be required to present a water bill or identification to gain access to the Citizen Collection Station.


Citizen Collection Station locations:

 Eastside  : 1034 Pendale 
 Central  : 2492 Harrison
 : 4501 Hondo Pass
 : 121 Atlantic


Before you bring your glass items for recycling to a Citizen Collection Station, please do the following:

  • Please remove lids, caps and corks from acceptable glass bottles or jars, for better processing.
  • Please make sure glass items are dry and empty.
  • We will not accept items that are wet or contain residue inside of them.
  • Labels can be left on the glass items, as the machine can remove those.


We will ACCEPT the following types of glass:

  • Beverage bottles (water, juice, soft drink, beer, wine, etc.)
  • Small jars (pickle jars, olive jars, jam/jelly jars, salsa jars, canning jars, cosmetic jars, etc.)


We will NOT ACCEPT the following types of glass:

  • Broken glass
  • Extra large jars or bottles
  • Pyrex or large cookware containers
  • Windows
  • Windshields
  • Mirrors
  • Light bulbs
  • Drinking glasses
  • Reading glasses
  • Porcelain and ceramic items (No mugs, dishes, sinks, etc.)
  • Furniture or home accessories (coffee tables, table tops, etc.)
  • Auto glass
  • Crystal
  • Lab glass
  • Computers and/or television glass


About the Glass Pulverizer

  • The glass pulverizer will be crushing glass into two usable sizes: 1/8 and 3/8.
  • The machine will crush the glass into dull, small cullets that can be handled.
  • The glass pulverizer can crush up to 1,500 pounds of cullet per hour.
  • The public is not required to remove the labels from the bottles or jars, as the machine does this automatically.
  • It is a relatively small machine, limited to crushing beverage bottles and small jars.