Glass Recycling Grows

Program Turns Beer Bottles Into Building Material

Posted: May 18, 2013 at 4:28 a.m.

Derek Hillyer, from left, Habitat for Humanity construction manager, Rick Frye, Habitat for Humanity Re-Store warehouse manager, Jeff Brenaman, Fayetteville recycling attendant and Brian Pugh, Fayetteville waste reduction coordinator, unload 14,000 square feet of Owens Corning insulation Friday afternoon at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store in Fayetteville.

People’s drinking habits on Dickson Street are helping low-income families save money on utility bills.

By The Numbers

Glass Recycling

Quarterly glass recycling volume in Fayetteville grew 35 percent from the first quarter of 2012 to the first quarter of this year. Ripple Glass began collecting the city’s recycled glass in January 2012. A pilot program for eight Dickson Street businesses took effect in July. The program was expanded in February. Thirty-six businesses now participate.

• First quarter, 2012: 250 tons

• Second quarter, 2012: 282 tons

• Third quarter, 2012: 229 tons

• Fourth quarter, 2012: 297 tons

• First quarter, 2013: 337 tons

Source: City of Fayetteville

At A Glance (w/logo)

Ripple Glass

Ripple Glass of Kansas City, Mo., doesn't charge for recycled glass it collects. Fayetteville doesn't receive money from the sale of the recycled material. Before, the city sold clear, brown and green glass to a company in Okmulgee, Okla. Brian Pugh, waste reduction coordinator, said glass sales were barely enough to cover transportation costs. “We were just approaching the point where we would lose money by recycling glass,” Pugh said. He added the city saves on disposal fees at the Tontitown landfill when material is recycled.

Source: Staff Report

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