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.
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
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:
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.
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,