Christie Lane Industries has launched a new pilot program to provide glass to a Cleveland recycler.
Christie Lane, a school and workshop operated by the Huron County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, recycles glass and uses it to manufacture and sell its own line of products called CliTile.
"Right now, there is a shortage of recycled glass on the market. We're going to try this for a month to see if it's profitable. If so, we will include glass in our current recycling program and charge a nominal fee to businesses for pick up," said John Schwartz, director of the adult programs and facilities at HCMRDD.
Throughout this month, Christie Lane Industries employees will collect glass from local businesses. A portion of the glass will be used as feed stock for the CliTile operation. The rest will be separated by color, crushed and sold to Strategic Materials in Cleveland, which provides recycled glass to Owens Corning, headquartered in Toledo, for use in building insulation products that help energy efficiency, according to a press release.
Owens Corning is one of the largest users of recycled glass in the world and works regionally to locate sources of glass, saving landfill space.
Local businesses interested in participating should call Schwartz at (419) 668-8840.
This article was reprinted with permission from The Morning Journal.