Alternative Glass Markets for the Region’s Non-Bottle Bill Glass

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Reagan Bissonnette, NRRA Executive Director, presented on NRRA's processed glass aggregate program at the Northeast Recycling Council's Glass Forum, which was held on Tuesday, September 1 and Wednesday, September 2.  She was joined by fellow panelists Patrick Grasso, Principal of Urban Mining NE and Herb Northrop, Chief Operations Officer for Aero Aggregates.  Brooke Nash, Branch Chief, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, served as moderator. 

The presentation starts at the 1:35 minute mark and ends at 2:44:40 in the recording . 

NRRA offers options for municipalities to recycle glass into processed glass aggregate (PGA) as an alternative to landfilling this valuable material.  This local use of glass reduces transportation emissions and reduces the need to extract natural aggregates, and it can also save communities money.  PGA can be used in infrastructure projects, including  under roads, sidewalks, and building foundations.  

Urban Mining offers a product called Pozzotive® as a component of high-performing concrete.  Because of the unique chemical reaction that takes place in the concrete mix, it has the imparting strength and durability for concrete products.  Demolition waste glass is able to be transformed into new building products.

Aero Aggregates has developed a Foamed Glass produced from 100% post-consumer recycled glass.  Because of the highly frictional surface, combined with a low unit weight, inertness, high permeability, and insulating properties, it is ideal as a lightweight backfill.