In the single-stream era, glass tends to get lumped in the contaminant category, but there might be more solutions available for this important material than many realize.
Momentum Recycling was featured in Resource Recycling’s article this month by Dylan De Thomas. The article highlights the leaders in glass processing innovations and cities around the country who have developed alternative ways of glass collection. Below is a link to the article:
Glass recycling in Ogden, Utah began as a City-provided service in 2013 with the establishment of three (3) drop-off sites located around Ogden. Reporter Cathy McKitrick of the Standard Examiner checked up on the status of this initiative in her most recent report below:
Ogden’s Glass Recycling a Smashing Success?
OGDEN — Since August 2013, Ogden’s glass recycling bins have kept 359 tons — or 718,000 pounds — of bottles, jars and other breakables out of the landfill.
In 2013, the city contracted with Salt Lake City-based Momentum Recycling for three giant collection bins to be stationed around the city. That five-year contract is set to expire in February 2018, according to Momentum President John Lair, and the city pays nothing for the service.
“The bins, the hauling, and the recycling of the glass is all done at our cost. The city provides the locations for the bins, and has personnel monitor the locations to clean up any broken glass that doesn’t find its way into the bins,” Lair said, describing the terms as “a very good deal for the city, given the current tonnage collected.”
However, if Ogden’s current glass recycling rates fail to rise, Lair said that future contracts could require Momentum to begin charging the city fees.
From the 2015 Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference, Recycling Today updates conference attendees on where glass recycling stands today, how to improve the collection and processing of the material and offered suggestions of ways to manage glass’ challenges.
Read the full article here:
The Momentum Recycling family is very proud to announce that we will be opening up a new glass recycling facility in Denver, CO in 2016!
Currently, most glass in Colorado does not get recycled – but that is about to change. Follow this link to read more in Westword’s coverage of this exciting news!
Recycle Utah wants to offer continuous glass recycling for Summit County.
The nonprofit organization has recycled glass on and off for the past 24 ½ years, and would like to make it a permanent service.
The trick, however, is the logistics.
“We would do it when we had someone to deliver our bin to the Salt Lake valley,” said Insa Riepen, Recycle Utah executive director. “We would collect the glass here and then transport it down the canyon, but we couldn’t guarantee that we could do it because we needed to contract the haulers and the sorters.”
A simple tweet opened a whole new possibility for recycling in Utah Valley this week.
Acting on the request of residents, Pleasant Grove has started what is believed to be the valley’s first glass recycling program. Utah Valley as a whole has been slow to adopt such an effort, which has been available for a couple years in Salt Lake County and Park City.