Brookhaven, N.Y., is using concrete made with recycled glass aggregate for rings installed at the town’s Materials Recovery Facility to improve drainage. The town is also pursuing a beneficial use determination from the state to allow it to use recycled glass in other infrastructure projects.
On June 1, Supervisor Ed Romaine visited the Town of Brookhaven’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) during installation of concrete rings manufactured using pulverized, recycled glass aggregate.
The rings are being put in place to improve drainage and reduce standing water around the facility. Pictured left to right are Chris Cacoperdo, from Affordable Astro Glass Recycling; Christopher Andrade, Town of Brookhaven Commissioner of Recycling and Sustainable Materials Management; Jim Winters, Sr. Vice President of Winters Bros. Waste Systems; Supervisor Ed Romaine and Jeffery Nella, MRF Manager.
“The Town of Brookhaven is continuing to look for new markets to recycle glass and we are hopeful that the New York State DEC will give us a Beneficial Use Determination so we can include recycled glass in other infrastructure projects,” Romaine said.
The ring manufacturer, Giaquinto Brothers LLC Masonry, has been testing alternate uses of glass and began mixing in glass pulverized to grit. It is then strengthened with concrete and the material is encased and sealed in the concrete mix. The company took a load of glass recycled by Town of Brookhaven residents to make the 10’ drainage rings and cover material that are being installed at the MRF.