Markets and Manufacturers
Container glass is the highest and best use for glass cullet. Other consuming markets include filtration, sand blasting, fiberglass and decorative items.
Container manufacturers need clean glass cullet and are interested in using more in their manufacturing processes. Some of the manufacturers are finding it hard to receive quality clean cullet because of single stream recycling.
The U.S. is home to 50 glass factories in 23 states.
Market Challenges for Wyoming Glass Recycling
- Glass is pH neutral
- No known problems associated with incompatibility with other chemicals
- No known acute or chronic effects from overexposure to glass cullet
- Glass does not cause silicosis
It is important to recycle glass along with other recyclables. However creating a recycling program offers many challenges. In order to achieve a successful long-term recycling program, Montana needs to: create a strong infrastructure, establish efficient, affordable and convenient collection systems, and to develop "markets" for recyclables.
Even with these overwhelming challenges, the staff at the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) works hard to increase recycling opportunities, to develop markets for the recyclables collected here, and to increase public awareness of current recycling opportunities.