The Local Path of Your Glass:
By the time a glass container is put into a purple cart, emptied into a recycling truck, transported around town, dumped onto a tipping floor and then sorted from the other materials, it’s typically broken into small pieces. This can represent a significant challenge to recyclers, since the small, broken pieces of glass find themselves mixed in with other small pieces of materials.
Thanks to a new, state-of-the-art waste glass processing plant opened by Momentum Recycling in 2017, Denver’s glass can now be more easily recycled into new bottles. With the help of advanced cleaning and sorting technology, Momentum Recycling can remove all non-glass impurities, and then sort the glass pieces by size and color to prepare glass pellets, (also known as glass cullet) for local bottle manufacturers here in Colorado.
Big thanks to all of the media outlets that covered the Grand Opening of Momentum Recycling’s new glass recycling facility! We thought we would give a quick shout out to as many of them as we could with a link to their coverage:
- Recycling Today – “Momentum Recycling set to open glass bottle recycling plant“
- Waste Management World – “Momentum Recycling to Open 49,000 TPA Glass Recycling Facility in Colorado“
- Waste360 – “Momentum Recycling Opens First Bottle-to-Bottle Glass Recycling Plant in Colorado with New Broomfield Facility“
- Waste Dive – “Momentum Recycling to open Colorado’s first bottle-to-bottle recycling plant“
- BizWest – “Utah-based glass recycler to celebrate opening of plant in Broomfield“
- Boulder Daily Camera – “Broomfield’s Momentum breaks glass recycling barriers“
- CBS Denver – “Colorado’s First Bottle-To-Bottle Recycling Plant Opens“
- Steamboat Today – “Recycling glass becomes more viable in Steamboat thanks to Broomfield processing plant“
Resource Recycling’s Q&A on Momentum Recycling’s New Denver Facility
At a time when some communities are retreating on glass recycling, Momentum Recycling is doubling down on it.
The Salt Lake City-based secondary glass processor is currently building an $11 million glass cleaning and sorting plant near Denver (see photo to the left and below), enabling bottle-to-bottle recycling there. In Utah, the company already collects and processes glass for use in insulation and other products, sending no glass to landfill.
“The main thing we want people to understand in Colorado is this opportunity to have a true bottle-to-bottle recycling closed-loop system in the state is a real advance forward,” John Lair, president and CEO of Momentum Recycling, told Resource Recycling. “We want people to consider that as they’re purchasing their products.” Read More –>
The Denver Post highlighted Momentum Recycling’s new Denver facility opening in September of 2016. The facility will process glass from local MRFs (Materials Recovery Facilities) to provide clean, recycled glass (cullet) to local bottle manufacturers.
To read the article, click here.