Glass Recycling

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)

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