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Convention Center Awarded “Glass Recycling Program of the Year”
by Ripple Glass of Kansas City


Recently The City of Branson was awarded “Glass Recycling Program of the Year” by Ripple Glass of Kansas City. The city competed for this award in a four-state area including Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Iowa. Branson received a perfect score from the panel of judges deciding the Ripple Glass award. The Branson Convention Center managed by SMG today received over 17,000 pounds of insulation that was awarded to the city for their tremendous achievement.


The Branson Convention Center and SMG are committed to promoting environmental responsibility and sustainability. Our goal is to offer outstanding quality of service and alleviate impact on the environment. By creating awareness of environmental impacts, we strive to minimize waste through programs designed to reduce and ultimately recycle the consumable materials we utilize at our facility. By promoting environmentally responsible, equitable, and sustainable practices The Branson Convention Center and SMG are dedicated to supporting efforts and management practices for the long term benefit of the environment so people can work, play, and live in healthy and friendly world. The Branson Convention Center strives to minimize its impact on the environment by creating awareness through common practices and approaches.

Green Initiatives

Environmental sustainability is becoming more and more important in the lives of every human being and the operation of every business. The Branson Convention Center and SMG are committed to raising awareness and taking action to make its facilities throughout the world more environmentally friendly. The Branson Convention Center staff is dedicated to reducing its environmental impact by saving energy, reducing, reusing, and recycling.


Almost 75% of the waste generated by commercial food operations can be composted. Food waste composting reduces waste disposal costs, conserves landfill space, and highlights the commitment the Branson Convention Center is making to being green. Composting is a natural process that turns organic material into a nutrient-rich soil amendment that is valuable to industries and the environment. Composting diverts materials away from landfills, which are costly and are an unsustainable method of waste disposal. According to the United States Environment Protection Agency, buried waste is the #1 source of human-caused methane gas, a potent greenhouse gas that is a major contributor to global warming. When organic material, such as food and yard waste, decomposes in an anaerobic or oxygen-free environment, like a landfill, methane gas is produced. Since composting diverts these materials from landfills, it thereby reduces the amount of methane gas that ends up in our atmosphere.

Going Green at the Branson Convention Center

  • To conserve energy, we program our escalators, HVAC, and lights based on our clients’ schedules.
  • We reduce the amount of energy wasted through our use of motion sensor lights, sinks, and toilets.
  • Our center has a single-stream recycling program and a back of house compositing program. Both contribute greatly to our waste and diversion goals.
  • Almost all of our cleaning agents and materials are environmentally friendly.
  • When skylights and ambient lighting aren’t enough…where it’s most effective, we only use low energy lighting.
  • We are continually educating clients and attendees on BCC’s sustainability initiatives.
  • The Branson Convention Center’s Catering Services division is equally committed to sustainability.
  • Lamps are the most energy efficient available, including using LED lighting when possible.
  • After event hours, all unnecessary lighting is turned off.

Recycling Efforts

The Convention Center currently recycles the following items:

  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Metal
  • Batteries
  • Light Bulbs and Ballasts
  • Plastic
  • Toner
  • Glass
  • Carpet
  • Food scraps
  • Disposable Food & Beverage Wares