The Branson Board of Aldermen recently voted to donate 6,144 square feet of insulation made from locally recycled glass to the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC), a non-profit agency that helps combat poverty across the Ozarks.
Being sustainable has its rewards. The City of Branson won a truckload (13,000 sq feet) of insulation in 2016 when it was named “Glass Recycling Program of the Year” by Ripple Glass of Kansas City, in a five-state competition. Since then, the City has been able to use that insulation in ten city buildings, including the new Emergency Operations Center, saving the City and taxpayers thousands of dollars.
The City wasn’t able to use all the insulation and wanted to share the gift with our community. OACAC provides a free weatherization program to qualified homeowners and renters. It will distribute the donated insulation to people who apply to the program. OACAC’s weatherization program includes providing and installing the insulation at no cost to the homeowners. Applications can be found online, at oac.ac/weatherization/ or you can call the Taney County OACAC office at (417) 239-1882 for more information.
This donation was made possible because of our community’s dedication to glass recycling. Both citizens and visitors contribute to glass recycling, as well as the local wineries, the Branson Convention Center, and other local businesses. Curling Vine Winery recycles over 124,000 bottles a summer while the Branson Convention Center recycled over 20,000 pounds of glass in 2017. Glass recycling is a partnership between the Taney County Commission, Ripple Glass and the City of Branson.
“Our citizens and visitors have now recycled over 2.5 million pounds of glass. That’s enough glass bottles to reach from here to Chicago,” said Branson Mayor Karen Best. “That is amazing! I am proud of our community’s dedication to not only sustainability but also energy conservation. This kind of dedication will ensure a healthy and sustainable environment in Branson for decades to come. I’m glad we were able to pass on the insulation back to the community. OACAC is a great community partner to work with for the distribution of the insulation to area residents,” said Mayor Best.
This insulation donation is a perfect example of a true “closed loop” of materials. Our citizens chose to recycle glass that has returned to our community as Owens-Corning fiberglass insulation, providing energy conservation.
For general recycling questions, call 417-337-8566 or go to bransonmo.gov.