Recycling business thriving in Albert Lea

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(ABC 6 News) – In Albert Lea, Infinite Recycled Technologies is doing its part to keep millions of pounds of glass out of landfills.

Infinite Recycled Technologies recycles laminated glass panels. One example of that — the windshield on your car.

As the U.S. marks National Recycling Day, the company has developed a process to recycle a type of glass left over from window manufacturing.

It separates laminated glass from plastic interlayers, returning the glass to the manufacturer for raw material, and sending the plastic to a different manufacturer for carpet backing. Before this new technology, all the waste glass went to landfills.

Recycling these helps lower carbon emissions, and preserves the earth’s natural resources.

“All the raw materials in glass are a finite resource. At some point…the ground only contains so much of it and so if we don’t recycle it, we will run out,” President Jeremiah Watson said.

The facility opened in the south industrial park in 2020 and soon faced unprecedented challenges, which the company overcame with local support.

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Watson says they’ve kept around 38 million pounds of glass from going into landfills around the country.

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