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Glass Recycling Coalition Launches MRF Glass Certification

Glass Recycling Coalition Twitter Glass Recycling Coalition Launches MRF Glass Certification
The certification recognizes MRFs taking extra steps to clean up glass.

According to a 2018 industry survey, more than 27 percent of materials recovery facilities (MRFs) have glass cleanup equipment. The Glass Recycling Coalition (GRC), a collaborative glass recycling organization, is launching the MRF Glass Certification to recognize effective programs.

"The long-term goal is to encourage and produce quality glass products that are viable in the glass container market or other beneficial reuse applications and not in a landfill," said Tom Outerbridge, manager of Sims Municipal Recycling, in a statement.

The free certification program recognizes MRFs with additional equipment and operational procedures to clean up glass in both single and dual stream systems that are producing more marketable and higher-quality glass.

GRC’s website currently hosts an interactive map showing MRFs, glass processors and end markets across the country. GRC-certified MRFs will be noted on this map along with public recognition of this certification through traditional and social media.

The glass certification criteria are judged on current infrastructure and a glass purity measure. An independent committee will score certification levels into gold, silver and bronze certifications. MRFs holding this certification will have a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

According to the GRC, glass is endlessly recyclable, and residents view it as a core recyclable. The organization believes this certification will highlight the importance of MRFs role in successful glass recycling.

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