Denver based glass recycling firm, Momentum Recycling, is set to open a new bottle-to-bottle recycling plant near Northwest Parkway in unincorporated Boulder.
The company currently recycles glass from communities around Colorado including Boulder County, Larimer County and Denver County.
According to Momentum Recycling over 320,000 tons of glass bottles and jars were thrown away in Colorado in 2015, with only 20,000 tons recycled. It noted that that means only 6.25% of glass bottles and jars were being recycled in the state.
The new recycling facility is expected to recycle an additional 49,000 tons of bottle glass each year, thus increasing the glass recycling rate in Colorado from 6.25% to 21.65%.
“This facility will produce high-quality recycled glass for use by local bottle manufacturers, and help the state of Colorado move towards a goal of zero waste,” commented John Lair, President and CEO of Momentum Recycling.
Among those who will be in attendance at the grand opening on February 22nd will be Donna Lynne, Colorado’s Lieutenant Governor.
“It’s a goal of our administration to move Colorado towards zero waste and have better recycling practices and keep Colorado green,” she said.
In total the United States recycled 34% of all glass containers in 2013. However, Momentum Recycling said that those numbers are skewed by the high glass recycling rates in states with container deposit laws.
States with container deposit legislation have an average glass container recycling rate of just over 63%, while non-deposit states (like Colorado) only reach around 24%.
The company has also partnered with companies such as Waste Management, Eco Cycle, Alpine Disposal, Bestway Recycling, Iron Woman Construction, Owens Illinois and CDPHE — Solid Waste Division, to help move Colorado towards a goal of better recycling practices and zero waste.
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