Current Projects of the EACOG

Glass Recycling Pilot Project - Launching in February 2021 

Erie County residents will soon be able to drop off recyclable glass bottles and jars free-of-charge at the following locations: 

  • The City of Erie: Glenwood Park, Walczak Park, Bayview Park, Rodger Young Park
  • Franklin Township: Municipal Building Grounds
  • Girard Borough: A.F. Dobler Hose Company
  • Girard Township: West County Paramedics
  • Greene Township: Municipal Building Grounds
  • Harborcreek Township: Municipal Building Grounds
  • Millcreek Township: Erie County Conservation District Grounds and West Erie Plaza
  • North East Township: Municipal Building Grounds
  • Venango Township: Municipal Building Grounds
  • Washington Township: Municipal Building Grounds
  • Waterford Borough: Municipal Garage Grounds

Residents can drop-off their empty and rinsed glass containers free-of-charge at a location convenient to their homes or workplaces. All colors of food jars & beverage bottles, canning and candle jars, perfume and cologne bottles will be accepted. Users of the drop-off program are asked to rinse the containers of all residue, i.e. food, drink, oil, wax, etc., and remove the caps and lids, while labels can stay on.

All other types of glass will not be accepted. The end-market for the collected glass is container manufacturers in Pennsylvania. Following the guidelines of this drop-off program helps to establish a long-term comprehensive glass recycling infrastructure to address community needs and supports circular economies through “bottle-to-bottle” glass recycling.

This program is made possible through a public-private partnership between Prism Glass Recycling LLC, the Erie County Recycling Program, the Erie Area Council of Governments, CAP Glass Recycling and the Glass Recycling Foundation.

Prism Glass Recycling is a new affiliate company of Erie Management Group LLC formed to develop a comprehensive system to solve the problem of glass recycling for our communities. For further information on Prism Glass Recycling, visit

    The Greater Erie Regional Trail network 

    • The members of the Erie Area Council of Governments are proud to announce that the website is live
    • The website is designed to increase awareness and use of recreational walking trails throughout Erie County
    • Look for Roadway signage to direct you to the parks and signage at the trail heads. 

    Multi-municipal Shade Tree Planting

    This project is funded by ECGRA, the Erie County Planning Department and participating municipalities. With the help of PA SeaGrant and the City of Erie Arborist the EACOG has planted over 700 shade trees in muncipalities in Erie County. Trees are planted on city streets, boulevards, municipal  property and parks. To date twelve  municipalities have benefitted from this program. 

    Annual Municipal Officials Assembly   - postponed due to Covid 19 Pandemic

    The EACOG hosts an Annual Assembly to convene municipal officials to hear from expert speakers on a timely topics of regional interest.

    Assemblies are held each spring and all are welcome. This program is open to all municipalities at no cost regardless of membership.


    Erie County Census Outreach Project - complete

    • Providing outreach and education to residents of Erie County on the importance of completing the 2020 Census.
    • Reversing the trend of declining response rates.
    • Preparing residents to respond to the Census online, smart phone or via touch tone phone. 
    • Ensuring fair funding and representation for Erie County.
    • Funded through a Multi-municipal Grant from ECGRA and municipal contributions.