High Costs and Limited Markets Put a Crack in Glass Recycling, MSW, June 2016

Glass continues to be a difficult commodity for local solid waste agencies to cost-effectively recycle. Since it is a dense commodity, glass continues to make up a significant portion of landfill diversion rates. The limited markets in most regions make it impossible for many recycling programs.

Efforts by Rumpke to develop viable local markets is a glittering example of how one company can help push curbside glass collection by taking an integrated approach. Further, legislative efforts to promote extended producer responsibility in British Columbia and elsewhere can have significant glass recycling impacts. Time will tell if the glass recycling market is half full or half empty.


Author, Marc Rogoff

Recycling and Sustainable Materials Management Programs