FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 27, 2012
Contact: Kathy Richardson, waste reduction and recycling operations supervisor, (785) 832-3030, or Michelle Gundy, waste reduction and recycling field supervisor, (785) 832-3030
City adds four drop-off bins to increase glass recycling efforts
(Lawrence, Kan.) – Today the City of Lawrence Waste Reduction and Recycling Division will place four glass recycling drop-off collection bins in the parking lots of:
· Dillons, 4701 West 6th Street
· Hy-Vee, 3504 Clinton Parkway
· Hy-Vee, 4000 West 6th Street
· On The Rocks, 1818 Massachusetts Street
In the bright purple glass recycling drop-off bins, residents and businesses may place glass food and beverage containers of any color. All brown, green, blue, and clear glass bottles and jars can be mixed together in the same collection bin. Labels on the glass containers do not have to be removed. Items not accepted for recycling in these collection bins include plate glass (windows), mirrors, Pyrex, CorningWare, ceramics, and dishes.
“This program is beneficial to Lawrence and the Kansas City region in many ways,” said Mayor Aron Cromwell. “First, by offering multiple bins in Lawrence, we’re providing a convenient way to keep glass out of the landfill and allow the product to be recycled for optimal use. Second, Ripple Glass’ process takes our discarded glass and turns it into insulation at a factory in Kansas City. Our partnership helps provide jobs and manufacturing in the Kansas City area and is an excellent example of how recycling benefits the economy and creates a product that is in demand nationwide.”
This addition boosts the number of City-sponsored public recycling sites to thirteen at various convenient locations. Contact the Waste Reduction and Recycling Division at 832-3030 or visit www.LawrenceRecycles.org for a complete list of the recycling drop-off locations.
This recycling program is in partnership with Ripple Glass. Ripple Glass is the brainchild of the people behind Boulevard Brewing Company. Each year Boulevard sells more than 10 million bottles in the Kansas City area alone. Before Ripple Glass, most of those bottles landed in local landfills. Ripple Glass is a local solution to a local problem of waste glass. Ripple Glass collects glass locally, processes it locally, and then a local manufacturer, Owens Corning uses the material to make fiberglass insulation.
“Recycling glass is good for the environment, great for the local economy, and makes local homes more energy efficient,” said Mike Utz, principal and co-founder of Ripple Glass.
Here are some important facts about glass recycling:
· Container glass is 100% recyclable, can be recycled endlessly, and is a primary ingredient in fiberglass insulation and new glass containers.
· Burying perfectly good glass in the landfill wastes all the material, energy, and labor that went into making it.
· Using recycled glass produces 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than creating new glass (or fiberglass) from raw materials.
· Every ton of glass that is recycled results in more than one ton of raw materials saved. That equals 1,300 lbs. of sand, 410 lbs. of soda ash, 380 lbs. of limestone, and 150 lbs. of feldspar.
· Recycling just one glass bottle saves enough electricity to light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours. (Imagine how long it would light a compact fluorescent!)
· A six-pack of recycled glass bottles produces enough fiberglass insulation to fill a standard wall cavity.
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