Residents of Sioux City, Iowa have recently embraced a change in their glass recycling. When the City decided to end glass recycling as a part of its single stream recycling program at the end of 2016, they came up with a new solution for residents. That solution was partnering with Ripple Glass to offer glass only drop-off bins around town.

When the company who processes Sioux City’s recyclables decided to phase glass out of their facility, the City found Ripple Glass as a solution to their glass problem. We worked closely with the City and the Sioux City Environmental Advisory Board to come up with a plan that worked best for residents of Sioux City. Change is hard, so convenience for residents was key. Based on Sioux City’s population of around 83,000, the decision was made to place six bins around town. The group decided that grocery stores would be the most convenient locations, and the City got to work recruiting bin hosts. The response was great and soon, six locations were confirmed.

Beginning January of 2017, glass was no longer accepted in the City’s curbside recycling containers and residents were instructed to recycle glass at one of six drop off locations. Efforts to relay the message to residents included new bus signage, regular updates on the program to local news outlets, social media posts, and speaking to residents in person at various outreach events. Additionally, updating the City’s website and Solid Waste & Recycling Guide reinforced the change. Nine months later, almost 70 tons of glass has been recycled into fiberglass insulation and new bottles and jars!

If you’re in the Sioux City area, you can find glass recycling drop-offs at the following locations:

Hy-Vee

2827 Hamilton Blvd.
Sioux City, Iowa 51104
4500 Sergeant Rd.
Sioux City, Iowa 51106
3301 Gordon Dr.
Sioux City, Iowa 51105

Fareway

4040 War Eagle Dr.
Sioux City, Iowa 51109
4016 Indian Hills Dr.
Sioux City, Iowa 51108

Sioux City Citizen’s Convenience Center

5800 28th St.
Sioux City, Iowa 51108

You can find more information about the Sioux City glass recycling program here and here.