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Utah's first glass recycling plant opens

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Recycling glass just became a lot easier in the Beehive state. The first glass recycling plant in Utah opened Thursday.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Recycling glass just became a lot easier in the Beehive state. The first glass recycling plant in Utah opened Thursday.

It’s estimated 75,000 tons of glass are produced along the Wasatch front each year. It used to all go straight into Utah’s landfills, but that's about to change.

On Thursday, the owners Momentum Recycling showed off the first-of-a-kind glass recycling plant in Utah—something they said the state has never had because of costs.

“Glass recycling plants are expensive and the market requires a certain volume of glass in order to have an expensive plant,” said John Lair, President of Momentum Recycling.

Through some partnerships, the owners made the plant a reality. Utah now has a place that focuses solely on recycling glass-- saving it from being trucked out of state or ending up in landfills.

“It's an important resource to keep out of the landfills, it extends the life of the landfill considerably,” said Jeff Whitbeck, VP of Operations for Momentum Recycling.

To keep glass out of the landfill, the power will first lie in the hands of the consumer, said Whitbeck.

“There are opportunities to drop-off your glass in what we call drop off locations,” he said. “It's usually a large roll off dumpster where you can place brown, clear and green glass in the dumpster. We also have curbside recycling collection in Salt Lake City and we hope that will expand overtime.”

For a list of drop-off locations, click here.
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