The Glass Recycling Foundation (GRF) announced a generous donation from Knauf Insulation, LLC. The contribution will advance GRF through pilot projects which are leveraging best practices to improve glass recycling. “We are proud to partner with the Glass Recycling Foundation in advancing community efforts to increase glass recycling. The environmental benefits of glass recycling is a focus for Knauf Insulation, and this effort, in particular, will help divert waste from the landfill. Our hope is that glass will make its way to our facilities, increasing the recycled content in our fiberglass insulation,” said John Eichbauer, Vice President of Operations at Knauf Insulation.
Fiberglass insulation is a key end-market for recycled glass. Knauf insulation uses over 60% recycled glass content in its manufacturing of fiberglass insulation products. The use of recycled glass has additional environmental benefits, lowering the amount of energy necessary for manufacturing and lessening the amount of minerals that need to be mined.
The donation comes on the heels of the organization’s first grant award of $10,000 for drop-off glass recycling pilot in Erie County, Pennsylvania. The grant provided Erie County’s nearly 270,000 residents access to glass recycling at 15 locations, thanks to a collaborative effort to collect and recycle glass bottles and jars. To close the recycling loop for glass, Prism Recycling spearheaded a drop-off pilot program through a public-private partnership between the Erie County Recycling Program, the Erie Area Council of Governments, CAP Glass Recycling, and the Glass Recycling Foundation. “The need for funding to increase glass recycling capture to meet end market demand is considerable,” said Scott DeFife, president of the Glass Recycling Foundation. “Knauf’s donation will help us spark action for regional glass recycling, pilot projects and educational outreach,” said DeFife.