Single Stream Recyclers Brings Home the Gold GRC MRF Glass Certification

Single Stream Recyclers Brings Home the Gold GRC MRF Glass Certification

Glass Recycling Coalition awards gold certification to two MRFs marking the first in Florida and Iowa; 11 Certified MRFs in the US

ANN ARBOR, MI (July 22, 2021)—While the world awaits the gold medals from the Olympic Games, the Glass Recycling Coalition (GRC) announces two new gold-level MRF glass recipients: Mid America Recycling and Single Stream Recyclers (Balcones). The GRC’s free certification program has recognized more than ten MRFs that have additional equipment and/or operational procedures to clean up glass recycling in both single- and dual-stream systems.

Single Stream Recyclers (Balcones) in Sarasota, Florida, is the first in the state to take the gold. Their state-of-the-art MRF integrates robotic arms, optical scanners, and other equipment to sort 50 tons of recyclables per hour.

“Achieving the gold standard of glass quality in our industry is a major point of pride and an equally high priority for all of Balcones’ single stream facilities. Our talented team at Single Stream Recyclers in Sarasota worked together with our long-term partners at Strategic Materials to design a glass cleanup system that would consistently exceed both theirs and our expectations,” said Joaquin Mariel, chief operating officer for Balcones – Single Stream Recyclers.

Launched in the Fall of 2019, the GRC MRF Glass Certification program has since awarded 11 certifications, two silver and nine gold. In 2021, the glass certification criteria was updated to prioritize end market consistency and more thorough glass cleaning before beneficiations. Eligible applications are judged on current infrastructure and a glass purity measure aligning with ISRIs Three-Mix Specification. An independent committee scores certification levels into gold, silver, and bronze certifications. MRFs holding this certification will have a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

“We understand the important connection between MRF’s producing 3-mix that glass recyclers desire and the continued viability of successful single-stream programming across the country, and we will continue to make the investments necessary to meet the demand,” said Mariel.

About Single Stream Recyclers, LLC

Single Stream Recyclers is a materials recovery facility located in Sarasota, Florida. SSR processes materials from all over the west coast of Florida. The facility sorts, bales and ships aluminum, cardboard, food and beverage cartons, glass, paper, plastics, metal and other recyclables from residential curbside and commercial recycling collection. SSR is heavily invested in technology to help create the best possible end products and reduce contamination as well as residue. Learn more at


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