SAVING GLASS FROM THE LANDFILL ONE BOTTLE AT A TIME
Did you know?
The pandemic temporarily closed many of the local recycling programs in Santa Fe, NM. It was in these closures that Broken Arrow Glass saw that our community had piles of glass recycling with nowhere to go but the landfill. Our small business decided that we could provide a place for this glass to go and that we could make the commitment to our community to keep their glass recycling out of the landfill by upcycling it.
Who and how are we helping?
Over the last few months, we have saved thousands of glass recyclables from the landfill. Our business helps the community on an individual level with basic recycling and helps on a larger level by reducing the amount of glass recycling that our local recycling center receives. Which is helpful to our recycling centers that receive thousands of pounds of glass every year. Most of the glass in Santa Fe that goes to the recycling centers actually gets crushed and put into the landfill as a liner. So we are happy to say that we are helping keep your glass out of the landfill and reducing the amount of glass that the centers have to process.
How do we keep glass out of the landfill?
By upcycling glass recyclables into handmade housewares, we are creating a second life for the byproducts of single use mass consumed glass recyclables. We are grateful to say that our small business fills a need and creates a sustainable outcome for glass recycling in our Santa Fe community. We are passionate about saving glass from the landfill and we are even more passionate about creating exceptionally well crafted and upcycled glass housewares.
What is your process?
To upcycle our glass, first we organize it by shape and color, then de-label the bottles, hot cut the bottles, grind, and finally with heat, we form them into mew products such as drinking glasses, vases, candle holders, sculptures and much more. Crushed and broken glass gets utilized in our terrazzo, which is glass and concrete mixed together, so that we can make sure every last bit of the glass we collect goes into its next life as a new product.