Glass Recycling Coalition launches website

Glass Recycling Coalition launches website

GlassRecycles.org offers case studies, best practices and a building library of resources to help promote community glass recycling.

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November 15, 2016

The Glass Recycling Coalition (GRC), Ann Arbor, Michigan, has announced the launch of its website, GlassRecycles.org. Industry, public and private sector recycling professionals, as well as the public, can access case studies, best practices, and a building library of resources dedicated to understanding and successfully implementing community glass recycling.

GRC says it launched its new website in celebration of America Recycles Day Nov. 15, the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the U.S.

The goal of this collaborative website is to provide a national clearinghouse for increasing recycled glass access, supply and quality, while helping to solve existing bottlenecks for local communities, GRC says. GlassRecycles.org highlights how, where and why to recycle glass in communities and provides interactive videos and study links to behind-the-scenes glass processing and manufacturing. 

“The GRC is fortunate to have more than 30 members that represent the complete glass value chain—glass container and fiberglass manufacturers, brands who use glass, glass recyclers, haulers, processors and end markets,” says Lynn Bragg, a founding member of the GRC. 

“Providing considerations and resources for communities to keep glass in their programs and increase the quality of recycled glass is a top priority,” continues Bragg, who also is president of the Arlington, Virginia-based Glass Packaging Institute (GPI), the trade association representing the North American glass container industry.

Established in April 2016, the GRC is a noncompetitive coalition of U.S. companies and institutions with a stake in better glass recycling and dedicated to supporting the most accessible and viable glass recovery and recycling options for consumers. GRC says its membership has nearly doubled since its inception. The GRC motto is to “make glass recycling work.” 

“Most Americans want to recycle. The tools we’ve created here help to ensure glass recycling is available and effective across the nation,” says Katie Wallace, assistant director of sustainability for New Belgium Brewing Co., and also a GRC founding member. 

In addition to educational resources, GlassRecycles.org encourages involvement with Glass Champions who are making a difference in bettering glass recycling in their communities. GRC has provided a forum for municipalities to participate in initiatives to keep glass recycling access available in recycling programs and encourage high-quality glass recovery into new products. 

The GRC will host an upcoming webinar for public-sector Glass Champions and other interested parties on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, at 2 p.m. EST, to learn about glass recycling challenges and solutions to improve glass recycling collection and processing. Registration is available at GlassRecycles.org. For more information, contact info@glassrecycles.org.