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ACE Glass and Nonprofit to Build Recycling Hub in North Little Rock

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Epic Glass Recycling, a Little Rock nonprofit, is partnering up with Ace Glass and Plastics as it ramps up to build a glass recycling plant in North Little Rock east of Interstate 440.

The plant will be built in phases and is planned to be in operation early next year. The first phase will install process equipment to make cullet from collected glass. Glass cullet is used in several ways and can be remanufactured into lightweight aggregate or consumer glass containers, or repurposed in the making of fiberglass products. It can even be turned into reflective road striping, according to a company news release.

The second phase of the project will involve production of ultra-lightweight foamed glass aggregate to be used in road construction across Arkansas. The foamed glass aggregate saves weight and costs in road projects by replacing the traditional fill behind retaining walls and over utility components. The savings on shipping costs alone are significant, the release said, for local governments and taxpayers.

Ace Glass President and General Counsel Courtney Little is also founder of Epic Glass Recycling. He said in a statement that he’s excited to offer an in-state recycling option for cities, counties and solid waste agencies. He said he’s also eager to “ramp up collections where they’re not currently offered, and add additional services” where they’re needed.

“By being able to collect, recycle and manufacture product from glass in an end-to-end process, Epic Glass Recycling will now be able to productively repurpose what was once waste into viable products or raw materials rather than sending it to landfills or out of state,” he said.

Siting the plant in central Arkansas will make recycling more cost effective for communities across the state and outside Arkansas’ borders. The recycling plans drew praise from North Little Rock Mayor Terry Hartwick and Jay Chesshir, president and CEO of the Little Rock Regional Chamber.

“We’re excited for Ace Glass and Plastics to join other recent developments for recycling in North Little Rock,” Hartwick said in the release. “With aluminum, metal and now glass and plastic, our city is moving forward with the newest technologies in recycling and is fast becoming the center of recycling for the state.”

Chesshir said the project will meet a need in the community” and serve the environment and local economies. “ACE and EPIC are wonderful examples of home-grown companies finding success in the region and we look forward to their continued growth.”

Little, who uses solar power in operations at Ace Glass, founded Epic Glass Recycling in 2017. As an Arkansas based nonprofit, the organization is “committed to improving sustainability and creating jobs.”

Little said the Epic and Ace teams “are dedicated to closing the glass loop” and providing cost effective recycling options.

“This aggregate plant will create a better opportunity for the glass to be recycled into a product that will meet those goals by creating over 30 new jobs and saving money on Arkansas road construction,” the release said. “Epic is pleased to partner with cities, counties, and solid waste agencies to dramatically improve glass recycling efforts across the state. ACE is glad to make products that can use that glass. Together, they are improving the recycling efforts across the state.”

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