From the Mass. Dept. of Environmental Protection:
BOSTON – In an effort to help communities fill a gap in the glass recycling market, the Baker-Polito Administration today awarded a total of $257,000 to the towns of Dennis and Groton to support their development of regional glass processing facilities that will turn recycled glass into a useful product. The pilot program grants are being awarded through the Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP), which is administered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).
“The Commonwealth has a long-standing commitment to recycling and environmental protection, and the funding awarded through the Sustainable Materials Recovery Program will support local solutions in a cost-effective manner that will help keep glass out of landfills and return it to a productive reuse,” said Governor Charlie Baker.
“Through the Sustainable Materials Recovery Program, our Administration partners with cities, towns and regional organizations to increase recycling and decrease the disposal of valuable materials,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “As a result of this funding, Dennis and Groton will partner with neighboring communities to divert their glass to these facilities and help establish new uses locally for recycled glass.”
The recent closure of a large glass bottling manufacturer in Milford has had a significant impact on regional outlets for glass collected through most municipal recycling programs. To address this gap, MassDEP is working with private industry and local governments to establish new markets for recovered glass and support the local production of processed glass aggregate (PGA). PGA is approved for use as a construction or road-base aggregate material that can be used in state and local public works operations.
“The Commonwealth continues to work with residents and communities to encourage recycling,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “Through the support of alternate glass recycling methods, the Baker-Polito Administration continues to work with communities to implement an innovative solution to an emerging problem.”
“MassDEP is in the process of updating the Commonwealth’s Solid Waste Master Plan for the years 2020-2030, and that plan is expected to support increased recycling and reuse of materials like glass,” said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “These regional glass processing centers will help address a short-term statewide issue, implement a potential long-term solution for glass containers, and bring communities together with a common purpose.”
The Town of Dennis will receive $120,500 to establish a regional glass-crushing operation that will accept source-separated glass from neighboring communities and produce a construction aggregate for municipal applications. The funds will be used for facility site preparations.
The Town of Groton will receive $136,500 to establish a regional glass-crushing operation with specialized equipment to accept source-separated glass from neighboring communities and produce a construction aggregate for municipal applications.
“Municipalities on the Cape are often at the forefront of environmental stewardship due to our unique coastal environment,” said State Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro). “Awarding a grant to the Town of Dennis for its program to develop a regional glass recycling facility is a wise investment in Cape Cod and the Commonwealth. I was proud to also recently secure further funding for this project in the Environmental Bond Bill.”
“As communities face recycling challenges, this regional glass-crushing facility will be a great benefit to Cape Cod communities, including those I represent,” said State Representative Sarah Peake (D-Provincetown). “I want to thank the Baker-Polito Administration for this generous state grant that will help sustain local recycling efforts.”
The glass facility awards are part of the Commonwealth’s SMRP, created under the Green Communities Act that directs a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Waste Energy Certificates to recycling programs approved by MassDEP. The SMRP provides funding for recycling, composting, reuse and source-reduction activities that will increase diversion of municipal solid waste and household hazardous waste from disposal. For more information on the SMRP, turn here.
Earlier this year, in an effort to help cities and towns across the Commonwealth increase the quality of the residential recycling stream, the Baker-Polito Administration unveiled the Recycling IQ Kit to help municipalities educate residents on how to better recycle in order to remove contaminants from the recycling stream and make those materials more attractive to the world’s commodity markets.
MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.