Impacts of COVID-19 on Glass Recycling in Utah
This article was written by Momentum Recycling “Amglassador” McKenzie Steward.
At Momentum Recycling, we collect, process, and recycle glass from residents and businesses across the Wasatch Front. Since Covid-19, a significant shift in the amount of glass recycling has occurred. Here is how each of our services has been impacted: commercial, residential, and drop-off.
Each of our three services for glass recycling plays a vital role in helping Utah become more sustainable. Between the commercial and residential services for the first three months of the year, we collected on average a total of 209.66 tons per month. For April though, the total came to around 161 tons. If liquor store sales were way up, and if more people were cooking at home, then where did the glass go? We think that, unfortunately, that glass ended up in the landfill (unless residents are stockpiling it until their next trip to a drop-off location, which is possible). To address this shortage, we hope that more people learn about our glass recycling services to help Utah move towards zero waste!