by Sam Clanton
BRANSON, Mo. – The City of Branson is awarded “Glass Recycling Program of the Year” by Ripple Glass of Kansas City.
The city competed for the award in a four-state area including Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Iowa.
As the award’s first recipient, the city will receive a semi-truck load of Owens Corning fiberglass insulation made from recycled glass. The insulation has a retail value of 10-thousand dollars and will be used for energy conservation projects in the Branson area.
Environmental Specialist Mona Menezes points out that the city grew its glass recycling program by 63-percent in one year – from 170 tons in 2014, to 275 tons in 2015. She says several community partners worked together to make that happen…
Menezes gives a lot of credit to local residents and even visitors who make an effort to recycle glass…
Branson received a perfect score from the panel of judges deciding the Ripple Glass award.
In addition to glass, the City of Branson recycles cans, plastics, paper and cardboard. Several 24/7 recycle bins are located throughout Taney County with five additional recycle drop off locations in Stone County.
About Ripple Glass:
The award is given by Ripple Glass, founded in 2009, the brainchild of the owners of Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City, Missouri. Before Ripple Glass, people in the Midwest states threw away millions of pounds of glass. For the owners at Boulevard Brewing, this included some of their own 10 million empty Boulevard bottles – lost forever in the landfill. Boulevard Brewing got tired of being part of the problem; with the support of local companies and community organizations, they came up with a solution—Ripple Glass.
Ripple constructed a state of the art processing facility and built a new way to collect glass. Since its launch in 2009, Ripple Glass has more than quadrupled the rate of glass recycling in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and partnered with nearly 80 municipalities throughout the Midwest, including Branson.
Why recycle glass?
Recycling glass saves energy and boosts the regional economy. Ripple Glass cleans and separates glass received to enable remanufacturing into new products. Ripple sends brown glass to a bottling plant in Sapulpa, Oklahoma to be made into beer bottles. All other colors of glass are made into finely ground cullet and sent to Owens Corning in Kansas City, Kansas to be manufactured into fiberglass insulation. All colors of glass bottles and jars can be recycled, and labels can remain on. While it is appreciated, there is no need to rinse the glass before recycling.