We are proud to announce a new partnership with the city of Pocatello, Idaho! Residents can now recycle their glass at 1 of 10 locations around the area. The glass collected will be transported to Momentum Recycling’s glass recycling facility in Salt Lake City to be processed.
Below is the full press release:
May 30, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Debbie Brady, Recycling Coordinator, at 208-234-6163
Glass Recycling Begins June 4 in Pocatello
Starting June 4, Pocatello residents will be able to recycle glass in the Gate City.
Recently, the City of Pocatello Sanitation Department partnered with Momentum Recycling. Under the agreement,
residents can drop off approved glass items at one of ten dumpsters placed around the community. City crews will
pick up the dumpsters and deposit the glass at a holding area. After that, Momentum will take the glass to their
facility in Salt Lake City.
“Glass recycling is one of the most requested services by residents,” said Debbie Brady, Recycling Coordinator with
the City of Pocatello Sanitation Department. “We’re thrilled to be able to offer this program to the community.”
“At Momentum Recycling, we are committed to diverting as much glass as possible from the waste stream and
seeing it recycled into new products,” said John Lair, President and Chief Executive Officer of Momentum
Recycling. “Our partnership with the City of Pocatello is very exciting, as hundreds of tons of glass each year will
now have a new life as useful consumer products.”
A list of approved items can be found at pocatello.us/DocumentCenter/View/4623. Porcelain, ceramics,
automotive, mirrors, and light bulbs will not be accepted. Residents are asked not to place glass items into their
blue, recycling autocarts. The locations with containers are:
Sister City Park Area – Pocatello Creek Road
Portneuf Wellness Complex/Fairgrounds – 2375 Olympus Drive
City Hall – 911 N. 7th Avenue
Ridley’s on Main – 911 N. Main Street
Albertson’s – 330 E. Benton Street
Union Pacific Railroad Parking Lot – Near the Old Town Bark Park
Idaho State University – Holt Arena Area
Costco – 305 W. Quinn Road
Western Recycling – 3034 Garret Way
Bannock County Landfill – 1500 N Fort Hall Mine Road
Officials estimate that 240 tons of glass will be kept out of the landfill each year. Recycled glass can be used for
making fiberglass insulation, bottles, bricks, and sandblast media.
The City is holding a ribbon cutting with the Pocatello Chiefs Monday, June 4 at 11 a.m. in the Pocatello City Hall
parking lot to officially kick off the glass recycling program.
For more information on the City of Pocatello Sanitation Department, visit pocatello.us/sanitation.
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 –>