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Lawrence residents and businesses now have more locations to drop off glass for recycling. Today, City of Lawrence Waste Reduction and Recycling crews are placing four Ripple Glass bins in Lawrence for residents to use. The glass recycling drop-off bins are located in the parking lots of:
- Dillons, 4701 West 6th Street
- Hy-Vee, 3504 Clinton Parkway
- Hy-Vee, 4000 West 6th Street
- On The Rocks, 1818 Massachusetts Street
Residents can place all glass food and beverage containers of any color in the bright purple glass recycling drop-off bins. All brown, green, blue, and clear glass bottles and jars can be mixed together in the same collection bin. Labels on the glass containers do not have to be removed. Items not accepted for recycling in these collection bins include plate glass (windows), mirrors, Pyrex, CorningWare, ceramics, and dishes.
“This program is beneficial to Lawrence and the Kansas City region in many ways,” said Mayor Aron Cromwell. “First, by offering multiple bins in Lawrence, we’re providing a convenient way to keep glass out of the landfill and allow the product to be recycled for optimal use. Second, Ripple Glass’ process takes our discarded glass and turns it into insulation at a factory in Kansas City. Our partnership helps provide jobs and manufacturing in the Kansas City area and is an excellent example of how recycling benefits the economy and creates a product that is in demand nationwide.”
This addition boosts the number of City-sponsored public recycling sites to thirteen at various convenient locations. Contact the City’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Division at 832-3030 or visit LawrenceRecycles.org for a complete list of the recycling drop-off locations.
Ripple Glass is the brainchild of the people behind Boulevard Brewing Company. Each year Boulevard sells more than 10 million bottles in the Kansas City area alone. Before Ripple Glass, most of those bottles landed in local landfills. Ripple Glass is a local solution to a local problem of waste glass. Ripple Glass collects glass locally, processes it locally, and then a local manufacturer, Owens Corning uses the material to make fiberglass insulation.