Denver Post: Through the looking glass, some envisioning a recycling rebound

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.

Jobs at Momentum Recycling

SAVE THE DATE! – Open House at Glass Recycling Plant, May 23 from 1-4pm

Glass Recycling Plant Open House + Launch of the County Curbside Glass Program (Mt Olympus Cove, East Millcreek, Holladay, Murray and Cottonwood Heights)

Save the date! On May 23, 2016 from 1pm-4pm we will hold an open house and self-guided tours of our glass recycling plant (FREE EVENT – no cost!).

Mayor Ben McAdams will join us to celebrate the expansion of the county curbside glass program. We welcome current business clients, residential customers and interested community members to check out our newly installed optical sorter, to learn about the glass collection programs and equipment, and to better understand the importance of resource conservation and waste diversion.

Don’t miss the 2:00pm presentation featuring:

  • County Mayor Ben McAdams
  • Momentum Recycling President and CEO – John Lair
  • Executive Director of Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling District – Pam Roberts

Location: 658 South 4050 West, SLC, UT 84104

**Please RSVP on the Facebook Event Page:   https://www.facebook.com/events/1726028414331604

 

 

 

Is The Glass Half-Full? (Resource Recycling Article)

Is The Glass Half-Full?

In the single-stream era, glass tends to get lumped in the contaminant category, but there might be more solutions available for this important material than many realize.

Momentum Recycling was featured in Resource Recycling’s article this month by Dylan De Thomas.  The article highlights the leaders in glass processing innovations and cities around the country who have developed alternative ways of glass collection.  Below is a link to the article:

Is the Glass Half Full? (Resource Recycling February 2016)

 

Ogden Utah Glass Recycling

Ogden Glass Recycling Program a Smashing Success

Ogden City Glass Recycling

Glass recycling in Ogden, Utah began as a City-provided service in 2013 with the establishment of three (3) drop-off sites located around Ogden.  Reporter Cathy McKitrick of the Standard Examiner checked up on the status of this initiative in her most recent report below:

 

Ogden’s Glass Recycling a Smashing Success?

OGDEN — Since August 2013, Ogden’s glass recycling bins have kept 359 tons — or 718,000 pounds — of bottles, jars and other breakables out of the landfill.

In 2013, the city contracted with Salt Lake City-based Momentum Recycling for three giant collection bins to be stationed around the city. That five-year contract is set to expire in February 2018, according to Momentum President John Lair, and the city pays nothing for the service.

“The bins, the hauling, and the recycling of the glass is all done at our cost. The city provides the locations for the bins, and has personnel monitor the locations to clean up any broken glass that doesn’t find its way into the bins,” Lair said, describing the terms as “a very good deal for the city, given the current tonnage collected.”

However, if Ogden’s current glass recycling rates fail to rise, Lair said that future contracts could require Momentum to begin charging the city fees.

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Zero Waste Awards Terra Blight Poster

5th Annual Zero Waste Awards

Momentum Recycling is proud to be a member of the Utah Recycling Alliance (URA) and a sponsor of the annual Zero Waste Awards that recognize local businesses who have made great progress toward becoming zero waste organizations.  Below is a letter from the URA Board Members inviting you to nominate a business for one of this year’s awards as well as to come join us all at the event!


Dear URA Members, Supporters & Friends,

November 4th is Utah Recycling Alliance’s 5th Annual Zero Waste Awards and we’re looking for nominations in three distinct categories: Zero Waste or Pretty Darn Close; Zero to Zero; or Innovate Path to Zero. Do you know of an organization, business or non-profit that has made concerted efforts this year to reduce their waste? If so, we want to recognize and honor them for their efforts. Please forward this nomination form to any organization you believe might qualify. By all means, if you believe your organization qualifies then please nominate yourselves! We have attached a nomination form and sample nomination form to make this as easy for your organization as possible!

A panel of independent judges will evaluate each of the entries and determine the award recipients. The deadline for submission is Friday, October 29. These awards will be presented by Derek Kitchen at the Utah Recycling Alliance’s 5th annual event on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at Brewvies in Salt Lake City. The evening’s event includes networking, light refreshments, a raffle, and a screening of the the e-waste documentary “Terra Blight”. If your organization wins, you and a guest are invited to attend the event free of charge.  We will send more information about our event in the near future.

Thanks so much!
Your Utah Recycling Alliance Board Members
Zero Waste Awards Terra Blight Poster
Joe + The Toy Truck

The Story of the Toy Truck

From the very start of Momentum Recycling, we felt that it was extremely important to establish honest, genial relationships in the communities we serve.  That interface with the community we knew would be afforded by using semi-automated trucks where the driver exits the truck to complete the collection.

In his “front-line” role as a truck driver for Momentum Recycling, Joe (pictured below) noticed how many kids along his route just LOVED to see him drive up in the big recycling truck.  Many parents had previously told Joe about how much their children looked forward to seeing the truck and how fascinated they seemed by it.

Joe + Toy Truck

One day while at the store, Joe noticed some toy trucks (similar to Matchbox cars) just like the one he drives at Momentum Recycling – so he bought a small stash of trucks and began taking them with him on his routes.

On September 23, the first appropriate opportunity came for Joe to give one of the toy trucks to a little boy who was about 2-years-old.  During his route, a mom and her son were outside and the little boy became so excited to see the truck and started waving at Joe.  So Joe grabbed a toy truck from inside the cab, brought it over and gave it to the little boy.  The mom said, “You made his day!”  …what the mom might not have known, was that it made Joe’s day too.

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Momentum Recycling is so lucky to have employees like Joe and for the opportunity to connect with the people in the communities we serve. Thank you all so much for your continued support!

 

 

 

 

City Weekly Coverage of Curbside Glass Recycling

Curbside Glass Recycling Spreading to SL County Neighborhoods

Big News! – We are excited to announce that the curbside glass recycling program is expanding into Salt Lake County neighborhoods!  In partnership with Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling, the new program has already begun servicing the Canyon Rim and Emigration Canyon neighborhoods.  You can sign-up to get your own bin here on Wasatch Front’s website for just $8/mo and a $45 startup fee.

The program will be expanding southward through the County early next year.  Please take a minute to follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to make sure to stay afloat of future updates.

 

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Momentum Recycling to Open Recycling Facility in Colorado

The Momentum Recycling family is very proud to announce that we will be opening up a new glass recycling facility in Denver, CO in 2016!

Currently, most glass in Colorado does not get recycled – but that is about to change.  Follow this link to read more in Westword’s coverage of this exciting news!

 

Steve Derus of Momentum Recycling

beyond-composting

Beyond Composting: Anaerobic Digester for the Wasatch Front

Kate Whitbeck of Momentum Recycling presented at the 6th Annual Intermountain Sustainability Summit on March 5th on developing an anaerobic digester to convert Salt Lake City’s food waste to energy:

Speaking on Business

Speaking on Business – Momentum Recycling

Zions Direct TV covers Momentum Recycling’s curbside glass collection service for residents along with our other mixed recyclables and composting services for businesses: