City of Livingston Glass Pulverizer Project

Montana’s distance to major markets and its small population prevent traditional glass recycling. Instead, the emphasis is on finding local markets and applications for post-consumer glass. Glass pulverizers convert waste glass (bottles, window panes, and windshields) into useable aggregate products such as a substitute for gravel and sand, as well as for turf and soil amendment, decorative landscaping, water filtration media, and sandblasting.

By developing a glass re-use program, the City of Livingston is working to achieve solid waste management goals in the Montana Integrated Waste Management Act (75-10-801 MCA) and the Montana Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan. The overall goal of the Act and the Plan is to reduce, by 25 percent, the volume of solid waste that is either disposed of in landfills or incinerated. The Plan specifically states that re-use is preferred over recycling, landfilling, and incineration as a solid waste management method. The Plan details the following re-use goal for Montana: every community will have an active re-use program.

Project Funding Package

MT Renewable Resource Program Grant $100,000
City of Livingston $89,706

Total Project Cost $189,706

Community Profile

Location: Livingston, Montana
Population: 6,851 or 3,084 households
Median Household Income: $28,980
Low and Moderate Income Percent: 41.1

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