Ripple Glass is expanding its glass recycling operation to Omaha, beginning with two dropoff bins in the central city, and hopes to add more if the program is successful.
The private recycling program was begun four years ago by executives at Boulevard Brewing Co. with the help of other local businesses and organizations. This year it expects to recycle 30,000 tons of glass.
The venture collects glass bottles and jars in distinctive purple bins around the metro area. The glass is then crushed and converted to either fiberglass at the Owens Corning plant in Kansas City, Kan., or beer bottles at a plant in Oklahoma. In addition to Kansas City, Ripple Glass has collection bins in Lawrence, Jefferson City and Warrensburg.
The first bins in Omaha will be in the Old Market area of downtown and the Benson neighborhood.