Glass Recycling

Let's Talk Trash - Solid Waste Challenges Facing Municipalities

Nearly 100 New Hampshire House representatives and members of the public attended this continuing education event with more watching via live stream.  Reagan Bissonnette, NRRA Executive Director, spoke about the current recycling markets and whether recycling is still worthwhile in New Hampshire.  Below is the agenda for the full event, including the times each section was addressed in the video recording.  

  1. Introduction

    Rep. Karen Ebel, Deputy Speaker of the House

The State of Recycling Markets in New Hampshire

The March/April 2020 issue of the New Hampshire Municipal Association's Town and City magazine featured a cover story by NRRA Executive Director, Reagan Bissonnette.  This article explains in detail the state of recycling markets in New Hampshire.  

How Does NRRA’s Glass Recycling Vendor Process Glass?

The food grade glass jars and bottles that NRRA's member collect and send to 2M Ressources in Canada are cleaned, crushed, and brought back to the United States to be made into fiberglass insulation.  Watch the video to learn more!

PGA - Crushing Glass in New London, NH

Glass crushing equipment in action at the New London, NH facility.

What is Processed Glass Aggregate?

It's hard to imagine, but glass is made from sand, a high quality sand, called silica. It's mind, cleaned, melted and then molded, into any number of products. From one of a kind works of art to everyday products, such as bottles. In our throwaway society, many of the glass bottles we use are discarded after just one use, less material and not chemically harmful to the environment. It's nevertheless an inefficient use of resources to put energy and materials into making bottles or use just one time. Glass recycling programs turn bottles back into bottles, are popula

NRRA Glass Host Site in Dennis, MA

The Town of Dennis, MA is a member of NRRA and a host site for one of NRRA's host sites for processed glass aggregate (PGA).  This video explains how this PGA site was established, how the glass is crushed into aggregate, and how the material can be used in local road and infrastructure projects.  

NRRA’s HB617 Testimony regarding Glass Recycling & PGA

Recycling and Solid Waste Study Committee (HB 617)
October 10, 2019 Meeting
Glass Recycling & Processed Glass Aggregate
Prepared by the Northeast Resource Recovery Association
Remarks by Reagan Bissonnette, Executive Director

Processed Glass Aggregate (PGA): A Certified Waste Derived Product

Glass collected through community recycling programs consists primarily of clear, green, and brown food or beverage containers. Decades ago it was economical to sort this glass by color, but the market price for recycled glass as cullet continues to decrease and the trend is not shifting. For this reason, many state environmental protection and/or transportation departments encourage safe and credible alternative uses of recycled glass as a replacement for other natural aggregate materials (gravel, crushed gravel, or crushed stone).

China Sword: Current Market Trends in Recycling

Recycling markets are volatile. Revenue fluctuations dictate the materials collected and can create havoc or triumph for community recycling programs. Contract negotiations, shared agreements, broadened markets and local manufacturing can moderate the instability, but it is not an easy or predictable journey. Trends in each industry (paper/paperboard, glass, steel, aluminum, or plastics), the demand for manufactured goods, and global economic cycles are always shifting. NRRA’s China Sword provides current national and regional recycling market scenarios. (0.75 hour/credits)