Boonslick Industries competed against other cities in the Midwestern states to win Ripple Glass’ second “Glass Recycling Program of the Year Award.”

The company will receive a semi-truck load ($10,000 retail value) of Owen’s Corning fiberglass insulation, which will be used for energy conservation projects in the community.

Boonslick Industries has consistently partnered with and assisted fellow programs to extend glass recycling services into smaller communities that otherwise would be unable to support a program. They grew their glass recycling program from 33 tons in 2013, to 112 tons in 2018. Boonslick also offers a variety of family support services for those individuals with disabilities and special needs. As a sheltered workshop, the company’s approach to community support and development makes Boonslick Industries a unique example of how glass recycling serves Missouri communities.

Boonslick Industries facilitates recycling collection in Boonville, California, Glasgow, Jamestown, Pilot Grove, Prairie Home, Salisbury, Smithton and Arrow Rock.

Boonslick Industries, Inc. is supported by funding partners: Mid-Missouri Solid Waste Management District, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Cooper County Board of Sheltered Services and Cooper County.

A luncheon will be held 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday on the premises of Unlimited Opportunities, Inc & Boonslick Industries, Inc. Representatives from Ripple Glass will formally recognize Boonslick Industries Recycling Center’s achievement during the luncheon.

Ripple Glass cleans and processes glass received to enable remanufacturing into new products. Ripple sends brown glass to a bottling plant in Sapulpa, Oklahoma to be made into beer bottles. All other colors of glass are made into finely ground cullet and sent to Owens Corning in Kansas City, Kansas to be manufactured into fiberglass insulation. All colors of glass bottles and jars can be recycled, and labels can remain on.

Ripple Glass was founded in 2009 by members of the Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City, Missouri. Before Ripple Glass, Kansas Citians threw away 150 million pounds of glass – hundreds of millions of beautiful bottles and jars. This included some 10 million empty Boulevard bottles.

Since its launch in 2009, Ripple Glass has more than quadrupled the rate of glass recycling in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and partnered with over 100 municipalities throughout the Midwest.