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NGA Supports Recycling Efforts on America Recycles Day and Beyond

Organized by the Environmental Protection Agency, America Recycles Day, held November 15, recognizes the importance and impact of recycling, which has added jobs and helped to protect our environment. Recycling and the contribution of flat glass recycling to a circular economy is a top priority, and the NGA encourages industry to be involved in recycling at all levels.

"We are starting to make the right recycling moves as an industry," says Courtney Little, president and general counsel, ACE Glass, and NGA board member. "The public is now asking (demanding in some cases) for sustainability. Over the last year we have learned of a number of new sustainable products and organizations, which leads me to believe that ACE Glass and many other NGA members are on the right track. I believe we have to continue to push forward voluntarily."

Fun Fact: Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality.


Glass Recycling Forecast (from Courtney Little)

  • We will recycle over 5,000 Tons of consumer glass and 10,000 Tons of architectural glass in 2023. (Closer to 60,000 Tons in 2024.)
  • There will be low carbon glass installed in several new projects.
  • More and more projects will require recycling in the production cycle.

Recycling efforts of communities and business throughout the United States are key to increasing the recycling rate. To build on the progress, EPA encourages every American to contribute by recycling right, not only on America Recycles Day, but all year long.

Read on for how the glass and fenestration industry is contributing to the recycling rate and how you can get involved in your own community. 

NGA Resources

Free Downloads: Glass Technical Papers

Recyclability of Architectural Glass

Identify the different types of glass that can be recycled, and find a list of companies providing glass recycling.

Reusability and Recyclability of Mirror Products

This informational bulletin will address the environmentally-conscious aspects of the mirror manufacturing process, as well as the reusability and recyclability of old mirrors.  


Learn more about recycling glass in Europe and North America in these videos of presentations from NGA Glass Conference: Long Beach in January.

The Need for Recycling to Enhance our Supply Chain
Recycled Glass…It’s Not Waste, It’s the Future











Reading on Recycling Infrastructure and Energy Goals

Industry Initiatives

NSG Pilkington

Pilkington NA partners with Imagination Station, Toledo's Science Center, to break the world record for glass recycling, in celebration of the International Year of Glass.

Learn more about the challenge

Kyle Sword stands next to Guinness World Record official with award
woman stands in front of a countdown sign promoting the recycling challenge

Infinite Recycled Technologies

Offers recycling solutions for glass manufacturers worldwide. The company's technology changes waste into products suitable for homes and business. Learn more.  


The company's main activity is to collect excess interlayer trims/waste from customers and recycle into usable interlayers to reduce our carbon footprint. Learn more. 

ACE Glass/Epic Glass Recycling

Working with and educating the Little Rock, Arkansas, community to make it easier for individuals and businesses to recycle glass locally. Learn more. 

Strategic Materials

Processes recycled glass from glass manufacturers for use in a wide array of products, creating efficiencies for customers while conserving earth's natural resources. Learn more.

Is your company contributing to increasing the recycling rate? Share your efforts with us! 

Get Involved

Make a plan for America Recycles Day on November 15, and throughout the year.


Download our Circular Economy one-pager on glass recycling to effectively communicate what's important for the architectural glass industry to your Congressional leaders.

Recycling Know-How and Tips from the EPA

Do your part where you're at. Learn what you can do to reduce waste at home, work or in your community.

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