Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find a collection bin to drop-off my glass?

Type in your zipcode here: and the nearest bins will pop up! All Ripple Glass recycling drop-off bins are open to the public and free to use. Look for the purple bin!

What types of glass can I recycle?

Ripple Glass accepts all colors of food and beverage glass. Labels can stay on. If you can see through it, we can likely recycle it! For a complete list of what can and can’t be recycled, please click here. To download a printable flyer showing even more detailed information (with pictures!), get the PDF.

Can I put windows, shower doors, or glass tabletops in the purple bin?

Sometimes. If the frames, bases, and hardware are removed, it is probably okay. You’ll also want to make sure it fits through the 3’x3’ windows on the purple bins. If it doesn’t, contact us and we’ll provide instructions on how to drop it off at our processing facility. We cannot accept glass that is laminated (think windshields), or safety glass that is designed not to break. When in doubt, e-mail us at

Do I have to separate glass by color?

No, you don’t! All brown, green, blue, and clear food and beverage containers can be mixed in the same collection bin.

Do I need to take the labels, caps, and lids off?

Nope. You can leave all the labels on your container, unless you’re into label peeling for some reason. You can leave your lids on too! Corks stuck inside wine bottles are okay to leave in too.

Do I have to rinse the container?

Well, that would be nice. But it’s not essential. You may, however, decide that rinsing the containers keeps your home or garage smelling a bit fresher.

Where can I buy a small Ripple tote for my home?

If you live in the Kansas City metropolitan area, you can find them in stores near you here or order one online. Otherwise, contact us at

Why isn’t glass collected in curbside recycling programs?

The short answer—glass breaks.

And when it’s mixed with other recyclables, broken glass degrades and contaminates those materials, reducing their utility and causing them to be discarded or “downcycled” into lower-quality products. What’s more, in most curbside programs in which glass is collected along with other recyclables, up to half of the collected glass is unsalvageable, and ends up in the landfill. This leaves two options: sorting and segregating glass in existing recycling trucks, or running dedicated routes for glass. Collecting glass separately like Ripple does results in up to a 95% recovery rate.

How do you create a useful product out of what used to be waste material?

Put simply – hard work and technological wizardry. Check out this video or read below for more detail:

It all starts with you and your neighbors, depositing empty glass bottles and jars into those strikingly handsome purple collection bins. When a bin gets full, a local company picks it up, brings it to our processing plant, and dumps it into our receiving bunkers. Our operators feed the glass onto a conveyor, where it goes through a number of stages: decontamination (removal of all large non-glass materials), an initial crush to reduce whole containers into smaller pieces, drying, optical sorting to remove small contaminants and separate colors (the wizardry part), grinding and screening (guaranteeing size distribution matches customer specifications). The finished material – furnace-ready cullet – waits in silos to be loaded into trucks for transportation to our customers’ nearby facilities.

Check out our virtual tour video to see it yourself!

What is glass cullet?

Glass cullet is the fancy term for glass that is cleaned, crushed and ready to be processed into new products including glass containers, fiberglass, reflective paints, abrasives, aggregates, and more. At Ripple Glass, we turn your recycled glass containers into cullet for a number of local customers, most notably Owens Corning, which uses it to make fiberglass insulation, and Ardagh, which turns it into new glass bottles, including those used by Boulevard Brewing Company.

How can I work with Ripple Glass to recycle at my business/organization or in my city?

Shoot us an email at with all of the details.

Can you help me recycle at my event?

Provided you give us enough notice, yes. We loan out small bins for glass collection with 2-3 weeks minimum notice. For major events, please contact us at least 2 months prior to the event to discuss needs. E-mail us at with the details!

Do you offer tours?

Currently, we do not. The Ripple Glass processing plant is a heavy industrial environment, and we have a very small staff. You might be interested in this video which provides a behind-the-scenes look at how we process glass!

Why are all Ripple bins purple?

We wanted them to be attractive and distinctive, and we couldn’t figure out how to tie-dye ’em.

Why doesn’t Boulevard take back their used bottles and refill them?

Great question! Boulevard distributes its beers across the country. No mechanism exists to collect the 40+ million bottles sold each year. Even if it did, the cost – and environmental impact – of transporting all those empty bottles back to Kansas City make the proposition impractical and distinctly un-green. (That’s before considering the need to clean and sterilize the bottles to make them fit to reuse, a process that would use enormous amounts of energy and generate large streams of effluent.) And last but not least, a solution that involved only Boulevard bottles would leave the vast majority of glass generated in the KC area destined for the landfill.

How can I recycle glass if I don’t live in the Kansas City metro?

If you live outside of our service area, contact your local recycling officials and ask about glass recycling opportunities! If you’re interested in learning more about glass recycling solutions that Ripple provides, contact us at