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Ohio EPA, Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District Announce $250,000 Recycling Grant to Help Ohio Glass Industry

Responding to a need from Ohio’s glass manufacturers, Ohio EPA, in partnership with the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District and cooperation with Rumpke Recycling, has provided $250,000 to help purchase equipment to screen, clean and sort glass. This is important in the glass recycling industry.

“Today’s grant will help save landfill space and provide Ohio manufacturers with a necessary raw ingredient,” Ohio EPA Director Scott Nally said at an Earth Day Event at Rumpke Recycling Cincinnati in St. Bernard.

“Hamilton County has long been a leader in facilitating innovative recycling and solid waste solutions,” said Commissioner Greg Hartmann. “This glass recycling project will provide both environmental and economic benefits to our community.”

While modern manufacturers rely on the same basic materials that have been part of the glass-making process for millennia, today’s engineers know that adding cullet, or small pieces of post-consumer glass, lowers the melting point of other ingredients to create finished glass products. Lowering the melting point requires less fuel and lowers costs.

Ohio’s glass makers estimate they could use an additional 165,000 to 185,000 tons of cullet each year. Because 90 percent of Ohio’s post-consumer glass ends up in landfills, Director Nally saw an opportunity for the state to help harvest a raw material from what would have been a waste stream.

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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. In the past 40 years, 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. Ohio EPA -- 40 years and moving forward.

The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District provides recycling and waste reduction assistance to residents, communities, schools and businesses in Hamilton County, Ohio. It is a division of the Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services. For more information, please call the Recycling Hotline at 946-7766, visit www.HamiltonCountyRecycles.org, or interact with us on Twitter and Facebook.
 

 
 
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