Use of Crushed Recycled Glass in the Construction of Local Roadways: Current Status of Recycled Glass Collection and Processing in the State of Ohio

Glass cullet is produced from crushing waste glass collected in municipal and industrial waste streams to a specific size. In Ohio, it is primarily used in new glass container manufacturing. One possible alternative is to use crushed glass in the construction of civil infrastructures. This study was initiated to assess the feasibility of using crushed recycled glass as an aggregate in local roadway construction. The current recycled glass market was surveyed to evaluate whether there will be sustained supply of recycled glass for construction use in Ohio. It was found that the State of Ohio has both a huge supply (as high as 319,000 tons in 2015) and manufacturing demand (as high as 295,000 tons in 2015) for recycled glass and currently the supply can meet the manufacturing demand in a practical manner. Both glass processors and material recycle facilities (MRFs) in Ohio showed strong interest in utilization of recycled glass in roadway constructions. However, the collected data indicate that projected annual supply of the recycled glass that may be available for road construction is not sufficient for wide scale use on local applications. A cost-effective solution for a sustained supply of recycled glass for roadway construction use is to source glass directly from local MRFs and involve local aggregate suppliers. To achieve a cost effective use of recycled glass in roadway construction requires leadership from Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to encourage better coordination of MRFs, aggregate suppliers, and end users.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 22p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01637035
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/OH-2017-19
  • Contract Numbers: SJN 135329
  • Created Date: May 19 2017 9:24AM