USVI Glass Recovery

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The USVI Glass Recovery project was funded through the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands through the Island Spirits Fund with additional funding support provided by The Ocean Conservancy. This project builds from marine debris research and citizen science efforts that have been coordinated throughout the USVI such as the annual Coastweeks and Great Mangrove Cleanups. Data from these efforts have identified beverage bottles (both plastic and glass) as being the most prevalent debris type found along our coastlines and mangrove shorelines. Using this data, this project aims to recycle glass beverage bottles by crushing them back into sand and glass cullets that will be used primarily for the purpose of filling sandbags and other industrial applications such as concrete and asphalt aggregate mixing. 

Learn More About Our Program!

See below for different ways we are able to utilize recycled crushed glass.

Glass Recovery by the Numbers

Total Number of Glass Beverage Bottles Crushed
lbs of Glass Bottles Crushed
Number of Sandbags Created

Where is Glass Currently Accepted?

Thanks to our community partners, you can drop off your glass at several locations.

St. Thomas Locations 

University of the Virgin Islands  - E-mail to coordinate. GLASS COLLECTIONS ARE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED. 

Red Hook Plaza with Rotary Eco - E-mail to coordinate. 

Mandahl Bay with Camp Umoja - E-mail to coordinate.

St. Croix Locations 

Anna's Hope with the Department of Planning and Natural Resources. Drop-off of glass still pending.


Contact Us!

Our team is happy to help you!

Office Phone: St. Thomas (340) 693-1672 
E-mail: St. Thomas (
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Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service
Center for Marine and Environmental Studies
University of the Virgin Islands