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Grants Help Recycling Partnerships , Support Ohio’s Glass Manufacturers

Ohio EPA is awarding more than $459,298 in grants to help direct waste glass that would end up in landfills to Ohio’s manufacturers in the form of cullet – clean bits of ground jars, bottles and windows. Ohio manufacturers need recycled glass to produce new glass products, including glass bottles and fiberglass. About 90 percent of glass containers used in Ohio ends up in landfills. Using recycled glass costs less than using raw materials by reducing energy demands.

An Ohio study commissioned in 2011 determined that Ohio’s manufacturers use about 110,000 tons of recycled glass each year; yet they need 275,000 to 295,000 tons.

Glass manufacturing is an important part of Ohio’s economy. Five manufacturing facilities produce container glass, fiberglass and reflective coatings. Four glass plants process the raw materials for the first five. Manufacturers save on energy costs when they are able to substitute cullet for raw glass-making materials because the cullet melts at a lower temperature.

When manufacturers are able to save on energy costs, they can pass those savings on to customers or help support job retention or growth.

The grants include:

  • SouthEastern Ohio Joint Solid Waste Management District, $203,500 – The grant will help construct a recyclable materials transfer facility in Marietta. The portion of the multi-use facility funded by this grant will be used as a glass collection operation for container, automotive and plate glass from solid waste services companies, commercial and industrial sources and other recycling facilities located within a 60-mile service area.
  • North Central Ohio Solid Waste District, $104,650 – The grant will help purchase equipment necessary to process glass from their single stream recycling system. The grant will address approximately 72 percent of the marketable glass currently escaping the process. The project is expected to increase glass recycling by 1,300 additional tons per year and create two part-time positions at the facility.
  • Shelby County, $127,350 – The county will purchase equipment for separating and cleaning the glass and install a cement pad. The equipment will recover an estimated 3.8 percent of marketable glass currently not retrieved. The recycling center also is proposing to expand the current bunker system to hold at least 20 tons and purchase a front-end loader that can load semi-trailers. The project is expected to increase glass recycling by 500 additional tons per year and assist in the retention of four full-time positions at the facility.
  • Montgomery County Solid Waste District, $23,798 – The grant will fund the purchase of a “glass only” recycling roll-off container for the South Transfer Campus. This facility serves all residents and businesses of Montgomery County. In addition, the proposal will fund containers and totes for a voluntary bar and restaurant glass recycling program in the Oregon Historical District and downtown Dayton area. The project is expected to increase glass recycling by 280 additional tons per year and support the 30 full-time jobs at the Rumpke Glass Processing Facility in Dayton.

More information about funding opportunities can be found on Ohio EPA’s website.


The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.

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