Your Beer Bottle has Serious Stamina—Glass Recycling in Ohio
Container glass—think beer bottles, pickle jars, and our other favorite consumables—can be recycled an infinite number of times. That’s a beautiful thing! But it is a tough material to handle, both from the collection and processing standpoint. Collection challenges arise mostly because glass is heavy, plus it can pose a danger to people and equipment when it breaks. Processing container glass so that it becomes useful feedstock for making more bottles or producing fiberglass insulation is an exacting process and takes some know-how and special equipment.
Rumpke Recycling in Dayton, Ohio, operates a glass recycling plant that currently processes the 40,000 tons of glass that comes from single-stream recycling (mostly residential customers). The plant is capable of handling much more and is working with state and local officials, commercial customers, and glass manufacturers to increase the amount of glass coming to their processing plant.
Glass makes up as much as 15 to 20 percent of the residential recycling stream and for some specific commercial operations, like bars and restaurants, it can be the majority of what goes out the back door. Look and see what happens to the glass once it arrives at Rumpke’s
Get your glass out of the waste stream and into the manufacturing loop by calling the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District at 513-946-7766 (or your local solid waste district) to learn about recycling options at work or home.