The Glass Recycling Coalition (GRC) announces the release of an online decision-making tool to help recycling program managers evaluate to optimize their glass recycling programs. Developed with the help of GRC members and guidance from the GRC’s Government Advisory Council, the decision-making tool is equipped with best practices, interactive data, contract considerations and more.

“We’ve heard from municipalities that feel they don’t have options for glass recycling in their communities,” said Katie Wallace of New Belgium Brewing and GRC Leadership. “To address these concerns, this tool provides resources, and examples of communities that are making glass recycling work, through collection, processing and access to end-markets,” said Wallace.

The decision-making tool  walks the user through a series of questions to assess the state of glass recycling in their communities. After each question, a link is provided to a related resource or tool, including the following:

  • Collection Best Practices
  • Collection vs. Recovered Calculators
  • Environmental Benefits
  • Case Studies
  • Glass Cleaning Options
  • Funding Resources
  • Interactive Map with Glass Processing, End Markets, and Drop-off Locations
  • Additional End Market Possibilities
  • Contract Consideration Information
  • Policy Map

The Southeast Recycling Development Council (SERDC) and the GRC will co-host a free webinar, Tools to Make Glass Recycling Work on Thursday, June 22 at 2 pm ET. The webinar will walk users through the new GRC decision-making tool. The Closed Loop Foundation  will also present results from their recent glass study and discuss opportunities for investment in glass infrastructure. SERDC will highlight two tools to assist local governments in improving their materials management operations.

Register for the free Tools to Make Glass Recycling Work Webinar at For more information about the GRC