Don’t Trash Glass is a recycling initiative of Keep Arizona Beautiful in partnership with GlassKing Recovery & Recycling, an Arizona-based glass collection/processing company.
Crescent Crown Distributing is the major founding sponsor for the program.
“Crescent Crown Distributing has a strong commitment to sustainability,” says Joe Cotroneo, EVP at Crescent Crown, “and the Don’t Trash Glass initiative helps our customers safely and effectively remove glass from their waste stream and put all those bottles back into productive use.”
The Don’t Trash Glass initiative is an easy-to-implement glass recycling service for local commercial glass users: restaurants, bars, hotels, casinos and other businesses, AND a powerful educational platform for showing the positive impacts of recycling glass.
The goal of the initiative is to divert glass from landfills; put glass back into productive use; create positive glass recycling habits; and demonstrate the beneficial economic, social and environmental impacts of single resource recycling.
The initiative began in January 2018 after assessing the impact of GlassKing clients who had begun participating in the pilot program during 2017. Their diversion rates were impressive and this early success inspired the KAZB/GlassKing collaboration on this program.
65 participating venues diverted
The Don’t Trash Glass initiative will expand the service to as many establishments as possible and use their stories to show the impact and raise public awareness.
A single restaurant or bar generates one to two tons of glass on average each month. Many restaurants are already sorting glass from their garbage as a safety precaution, but still end up dumping the glass in the trash.
The Don’t Trash Glass program enables venues to divert all that glass from a landfill. The glass goes into a glass-only bin and GlassKing picks it up weekly. Then it gets reused or repurposed for a wide variety of applications.
Don’t Trash Glass will divert thousands of tons of glass from landfills, reduce trash pick-up costs, and put this valuable resource back into productive use.
KC = Kierland Commons
CFC = Chandler Fashion Center
BFP = Biltmore Fashion Park
SV = San Tan Village