Ripple Glass starts commercial glass collection, recycling program

Ripple Glass starts commercial glass collection, recycling program

Bars and restaurants in the Kansas City metro area interested in glass collection services are welcome to sign up.

January 22, 2018
Edited by Megan Workman

Ripple Glass, Kansas City, Missouri, has announced businesses in the Kansas City metro area can now collect and recycle their glass with a new commercial collection program.

Glass recycler Ripple Glass says it is rolling out a new commercial glass recycling program that will allow businesses in the area to recycle their glass “with ease.” The company is currently taking applications and enrolling local businesses into the program, with plans to begin collection by April 2018.

Mike Utz, president and co-founder of Ripple Glass, says, “Commercial glass consumers have been asking for direct service since our founding in 2009. We are pleased to be in position to offer this service now, furthering our mission to provide a comprehensive glass recycling system to Kansas City.”

Ripple Glass says it initially will begin with routes in the River Market, downtown, Crossroads and Westport areas, and will expand its service area as its routing and collection ability grows to meet the demands of metro businesses. 

Michelle Goth, regional program manager for Ripple, says, “This program has been a long time coming. Every day, we receive phone calls from local businesses asking if we can pick up their glass, and we’re thrilled to finally have a solution for them. We hope to have this service available throughout the entire metro within a year’s time.”

Interested businesses can learn more about the program and sign up by visiting the Ripple Glass website at or by calling the business at 816-221-4527.

In explaining the benefits of recycling glass, Ripple Glass says in a statement, “Recycling glass saves energy and boosts the regional economy. It is estimated that recycling glass creates about 10 times more jobs than simply trashing it. Recycling glass at your business can help reduce the amount of times your dumpster is emptied, saving you some real green. Ripple Glass cleans and processes glass it receives to enable it to be remanufactured into new products, including new beer bottles and fiberglass insulation.”

Since its launch in 2009, Ripple Glass has more than quadrupled the rate of glass recycling in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and has partnered with more than 80 other municipalities throughout the Midwest.