Look at the pretty award I’ve received from the Colorado Technology Association: 2013 Volunteer of the Year! It’s an honor to be recognized, but like any good award recipient I must thank all of those who made it possible for me to receive this beautiful blue disc.
Then I must give a shout out to my main man Orchard CMS. You’re the best CMS in the world bro! I owe much of my company’s web client’s happiness to your versatile and extensible framework provided through an easy-to-use interface. This award is just as much yours as it is mine.
Finally, thanks to Aimee, Julie, Darren and all the other Colorado Technology Association staff and volunteers who are the ones doing all the actual hard work. I help out with a few technical details and get the rock star treatment for it. And if you think that awarding me pretty shiny things (made from recycled glass) is a way to secure my continued assistance in the future… well, I won’t say you’re wrong.
The award came with this important public service announcement regarding glass and recycling:
According to the US EPA, Americans generated 12.2 million tons of glass in the municipal solid waste stream in 2008. About 23% of that glass was recovered for recycling.
A modern glass bottle would take 4000 years or more to decompose – and even longer if it’s in the landfill.
Every ton of glass that is recycled results in one ton of raw materials saved to process new glass, including: 1,300 pounds of sand, 410 pounds of soda ash and 380 pounds of limestone.
An estimated 80% of recovered glass containers are made into new glass bottles.
Today, most glass manufacturers rely on a steady supply of recycled crushed glass, known as “cullet” to supplement raw materials.