increases glass recycling market
Ohio Governor Ted Strickland announced that
Ohio’s glass recycling market will be strengthened by an innovative
agreement between Rumpke, Inc. and Owens- Illinois, Inc. Facilitated
by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division
of Recycling and Litter Prevention, the agreement will enable
Rumpke to provide recycled glass feedstock to Owens-Illinois
Recycled glass is used in the production of new glass containers.
Historically, glass recycling has been a challenge for some Ohio
communities when it has not been economically feasible. Further,
Ohio’s recycled glass has not met the specifications of large
users, such as O-I. This agreement between these two Ohio businesses
will begin to close the loop on glass recycling in the state.
“Instead of looking outside of the state, Ohio companies, such
as Owens-Illinois, can now utilize a valuable resource – locally
recycled glass materials from Ohio’s community recycling programs
– which provides economic as well as environmental benefits to
Ohioans,” Strickland said.
The agreement calls for O-I to provide technical assistance to
Rumpke in the development of a recycled glass treatment center
which will provide up to 40,000 tons of ground glass annually.
O-I agrees to purchase the majority of recycled glass cullet
handled by Rumpke. Both businesses will work with ODNR to increase
municipal glass recycling programs across Ohio.
Rumpke’s plans to expand their Dayton processing plant will create
at least 20 jobs, which will also benefit other haulers and brokers,
as well as improve regional glass collection programs. According
to the Environmental Protection Agency, the recycling and reuse
industry employs more than 1.1 million people, generates an annual
payroll of nearly $37 billion and grosses more than $236 billion
in annual revenues.
Because of this partnership, more recycled glass can be processed
to meet the needs of Ohio industry. The current market for recycled
glass yields between $5-15 per ton. It is expected that the improved
processing of glass collected in Ohio will enable community recycling
programs to increase glass recycling collections, rather than
sending glass waste to landfills.
The last waste characterization study conducted in Ohio concluded
that nearly 60 percent of the waste going into state landfills
can be recycled. Of that, five percent by weight is glass. ODNR
has begun analyzing how much glass can be recycled and how to
increase glass recycling.