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The Kansas City region needed a better glass recycling solution, and in 2009 Ripple Glass stepped in to fill the void by building a state-of-the-art processing plant and placing dedicated glass recycling containers throughout the metro area. The glass collected and recycled by Ripple is processed and sold to manufacturers, one of which converts the recycled glass into fiberglass insulation. This process not only reduces landfill waste and saves enormous amounts of energy, but it dramatically reduces greenhouse gas emissions — one ton for every three tons of recycled glass.

Exemplar’s initial investment in Ripple Glass was made to help the company expand its operations beyond the Midwest. Today the company recycles 40,000 tons of glass each year and processed its billionth bottle in April 2017. Collections come from across the Kansas City region and six states and about 70 communities outside of Kansas City. From Dubuque to Little Rock and beyond, Ripple Glass now operates in Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas.