For Immediate Release
May 19, 2017 Contact:
Waste Reduction Coordinator
Recycling and Trash Collection Division
City of Fayetteville Wins Glass Recycling Program of the Year Award
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The City of Fayetteville has received Ripple Glass’s second “Glass Recycling Program of the Year”
award. A panel of independent judges scored Fayetteville’s application against four competing municipalities with glass recycling programs. Ripple Glass picks up approximately 20 to 22 tons of glass each week from the City’s recycling facility and transports it to Kansas City. The glass is then used to make bottles or insulation. The award includes a donation from Owen’s Corning of a semi-truck load ($10,000 retail value) of fiberglass insulation to Habitat for Humanity for use in energy conservation projects in Fayetteville. The insulation will be delivered to Habitat’s Restore facility (1421 E. 15th Street) at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 23. Mayor Lioneld Jordan and City staff will also be present to accept the award.
Fayetteville scored highly for its commitment to expanding commercial glass recycling and excellent education efforts. The City grew its glass recycling program from 1,365 tons in 2015 to 1,510 tons in 2016. Industrial businesses, Hannah Candles and American Air Filters, joined the program last year. The City collects six tons per week of residual glass from the filter manufacturing process at American Air Filters.
Fayetteville’s existing glass recycling program includes glass collection from its two drop-off recycling centers, residential customers, and commercial customers in south Fayetteville, the downtown square/Dickson Street area, and north Fayetteville. The City would like to expand the program in the future but would need additional resources to do so.
Why should glass be recycled? Recycling glass saves energy and boosts the Midwest region’s economy. Ripple Glass cleans and processes glass received to enable remanufacturing into new products. Ripple sends brown glass to a bottling plant in Sapulpa, Oklahoma to be made into beer bottles. All other colors of glass are made into finely ground cullet and sent to Owens Corning in Kansas City, Kansas to be manufactured into fiberglass insulation. All colors of glass bottles and jars can be recycled, and labels can remain on.
Ripple Glass, founded in 2009, is the brainchild of the folks at Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City, Missouri. Before Ripple Glass, Kansas City residents threw away 150 million pounds of glass – hundreds of millions of beautiful bottles and jars. To the dismay of the people at Boulevard, this included some 10 million empty Boulevard bottles – lost forever in the landfill. The folks at Boulevard finally got tired of being part of the problem. With the support of local companies and community organizations, they came up with a solution – Ripple Glass.
Ripple constructed a state of the art processing facility and built a new way to collect glass. Since its launch in 2009, Ripple Glass has more than quadrupled the rate of glass recycling in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and partnered with over 80 municipalities throughout the Midwest.