Ever wonder what becomes of your glass bottles and jars recycled through Denver’s recycling program? Denver Recycles is pleased to report that most (85%) of the glass bottles and jars recycled in Denver’s purple carts are turned into new glass bottles right here in Colorado. We like to call this bottle-to-bottle recycling, where a waste product can be turned back into the same product. The other fifteen percent of glass collected in purple carts that is broken into pieces too small to be recycled into bottles is put to good use in other ways, such as being recycled into products like sandblasting abrasives and swimming pool filter media.
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The Local Path of Your Glass:
By the time a glass container is put into a purple cart, emptied into a recycling truck, transported around town, dumped onto a tipping floor and then sorted from the other materials, it’s typically broken into small pieces. This can represent a significant challenge to recyclers, since the small, broken pieces of glass find themselves mixed in with other small pieces of materials.
Thanks to a new, state-of-the-art waste glass processing plant opened by Momentum Recycling in 2017, Denver’s glass can now be more easily recycled into new bottles. With the help of advanced cleaning and sorting technology, Momentum Recycling can remove all non-glass impurities, and then sort the glass pieces by size and color to prepare glass pellets, (also known as glass cullet) for local bottle manufacturers here in Colorado.
While Denverite’s don’t generate enough glass to meet the needs of the local bottle manufacturers (who produce over two billion bottles per year in Colorado!), the local supply of clean, recycled glass cullet does significantly reduce the environmental impact of bottle manufacturing by reducing the need for virgin materials and reducing the energy required for the manufacturing process.
Denver Recycles will take all the glass we can get! Below are some quick reminders for properly recycling glass in Denver’s purple carts.
To learn more about glass recycling in Colorado visit colorado.momentumrecycling.com.
For more information about Denver’s recycling guidelines, the Recycling Directory, and all other programs and services offered by Denver Recycles, visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles or call 311 (720-913-1311).
February is here, and that means Denverite’s are purchasing more boxed chocolates and cut flowers this month than any other month of the year. If you find yourself buying flowers for a special someone, consider sharing the means to compost those flowers at the end of their life as well! A green Denver Composts cart is a perfect supplement to any flower arrangement. After all, roses can be red, white or pink, but they’re always compostable (only after they’ve wilted, of course). Plus, nothing says “I care about you, and the environment” like flowers and a pretty, green compost cart.
In all seriousness, participating in the Denver Composts program is a highly efficient way to manage food and yard debris at your home, and an equally great way show your love and appreciation for the environment. Now that the Denver Composts program is offered to all neighborhoods, Denver residents are encouraged to:
In 2017, Denver residents composted over 6,000 tons (12,000,000 pounds) of food and yard debris, yet, nearly fifty percent of material in Denver’s trash could have also been composted. Help Denver Composts change this statistic! Start composting or keep composting, and pass it on!
For more information about the Denver Composts program, please visit DenverGov.org/Compost or call 311 (720-913-1311).
A new year is upon us, and as with tradition, it’s time to reflect, set goals, and make commitments for the new year. This year, Denver Recycles encourages Denverites to make their 2018 New Year’s resolution to reduce their trash by recycling and composting even more! Doing so not only keeps our community and environment clean, it also supports Denver’s recycling and composting goal of keeping 34% of our waste out of the landfill by 2020. Currently, Denver recycles and composts about 21% of its waste. Let’s do better in 2018!
GO GREEN. NEARLY 50% OF DENVER’S TRASH IS COMPOSTABLE.
GO SMALL. REDUCE THE SIZE OF YOUR BLACK TRASH CART.
GO PURPLE. NEARLY 25% OF DENVER’S TRASH IS RECYCLABLE.
For more information about Denver’s Solid Waste services, or to upsize, downsize and request additional services, please visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles or call 311 (720-913-1311).