Momentum Recycling will host a grand-opening event for its 26,000-square-foot glass-recycling plant in Broomfield on Feb. 22. Courtesy Momentum Recycling.

Utah-based glass recycler to celebrate opening of plant in Broomfield

BROOMFIELD — Salt Lake City-based Momentum Recycling will celebrate the opening of its glass-recycling plant in Broomfield next week.

A grand-opening event set for 1:30 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, will feature Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne, recycling demonstrations and tours of the plant at 11331 Dillon Road.

It is the first bottle-to-bottle recycling plant in Colorado, the company said in a prepared statement.

“We’re excited to be opening this truly innovative facility, especially in Colorado, a state that has put such a significant focus on strong recycling practices,” said John Lair, Momentum Recycling’s president and chief executive. “This facility will produce high-quality recycled glass for use by local bottle manufacturers and help Colorado move toward a goal of zero-waste.”

Momentum Recycling currently recycles glass from communities in Colorado including Boulder, Larimer and Denver counties. The company has partnered with Waste Management, Eco Cycle, Alpine Disposal, Bestway Recycling, Iron Woman Construction, Owens Illinois and the Solid Waste Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Lair said Momentum Recycling, founded in 2008, bought the former Reid & Wright Lumber site two years ago. It completed retrofitting the property in 2016 and the 26,000-square-foot plant became operational in November.

Laird said about 15 people will work at the plant in two shifts, and eventually  20 people will be employed working in three shifts when operating at full capacity.

Lair expects the plant in Broomfield to recycle 49,000 tons of bottle glass annually, increasing the glass-recycling rate in Colorado from 6.25 percent to 21.65 percent.