Salt Lake businesses begin glass recycling

US Squatters Brewery no longer sends its empty bottles to landfill and, from now on, the 38 tons of glass waste it produces each year will be used to make fiberglass insulation, part of a new glass-re…

US Squatters Brewery no longer sends its empty bottles to landfill and, from now on, the 38 tons of glass waste it produces each year will be used to make fiberglass insulation, part of a new glass-recycling programme for businesses in Salt Lake City, Utah. “We are taking another step toward our goal of becoming a sustainable city,” Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker said during an unveiling of the programme, which started up with 11 participating businesses. More businesses are being urged to sign on, with the promise that the programme will cut down on pollution, water and energy consumption, and improve the life of landfills. “We“re really in a paradigm shift in the way we treat our waste in America,” City Councilman Luke Garrott said. “This is good for all of us.” Starting up glass recycling in Salt Lake City has not been an easy proposition, according to Becker, due to a number of economic barriers, even if the demand from businesses and residents has been high. Officials said that there were no local processors for glass, which meant much of the city“s glass was shipped to Colorado to be turned into beer bottles. Salt Lake leaders have now been able to come to an agreement with a recycling company that will help covert glass waste into fiberglass insulation. However, it is still not sure when glass recycling will be offered in the city“s neighbourhoods. “We are continuing to work to get glass recycling at the curbside in place as soon as possible,” Becker said.