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The City of Branson competed against other cities in four Midwestern states to win Ripple Glass’ inaugural “Glass Recycling Program of the Year Award.”

As the award’s first recipient, the City will receive a semi-truck load of Owen’s Corning fiberglass insulation ($10,000 retail value), which will be used for energy conservation projects in the community.

A panel of independent judges scored Branson’s application against a group of competing municipalities who also offer glass recycling programs for their residents. The City of Branson grew their glass recycling program from 169.48 tons in 2014, to 275 tons in 2015. Branson scored highly for its commitment to expanding collection sites for residents, and excellent education efforts including awareness events, promotions at local businesses, print and social media campaigns. You can learn more about Branson’s program here.

“Ripple Glass is thrilled that Branson was selected as our winner for Glass Recycling Program of the Year,” said Michelle Goth, Regional Program Manager at Ripple Glass. “We are so impressed by the community’s efforts to recycle glass. Recycling glass saves energy and extends the life of local landfills. We’re pleased to help save even more energy in Branson by providing fiberglass insulation that was made with recycled glass to aid in their energy conservation projects.”

Partnerships were critical to program success, with Taney County providing a consolidation point and loading for glass collected in drop-off bins. In 2013, there were two drop-off points available for residents, now there are ten, including new locations at Tantone Industries, Kimberling City, Hurley, Stone County and Cape Fair. For more information about where to recycle your glass, please visit this page.

Why recycle glass?

Recycling glass saves energy and boosts the regional economy. Ripple Glass cleans and processes glass received to enable remanufacturing into new products. Ripple sends brown glass to a bottling plant in Sapulpa, Oklahoma to be made into beer bottles. All other colors of glass are made into finely ground cullet and sent to Owens Corning in Kansas City, Kansas to be manufactured into fiberglass insulation. All colors of glass bottles and jars can be recycled, and labels can remain on. While it is appreciated, there is no need to rinse the glass before recycling.

About Ripple Glass
Ripple Glass, founded in 2009, is the brainchild of the folks at Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City, Missouri.  Before Ripple Glass, Kansas Citians threw away 150 million pounds of glass – hundreds of millions of beautiful bottles and jars. To the dismay of the people at Boulevard, this included some 10 million empty Boulevard bottles – lost forever in the landfill.  The folks at Boulevard finally got tired of being part of the problem. With the support of local companies and community organizations, they came up with a solution—Ripple Glass.

Ripple constructed a state of the art processing facility and built a new way to collect glass.  Since its launch in 2009, Ripple Glass has more than quadrupled the rate of glass recycling in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and partnered with nearly 80 municipalities throughout the Midwest.

Media Contacts:
Michelle Goth, Regional Business Manager

Ripple Glass
816-213-7558 | michelle@rippleglass.com

Mona Menezes, Environmental Specialist

City of Branson

(417) 337-8566 | mmenezes@bransonmo.gov