Ardagh tapped to produce O'Connor Brewing beer bottles | Gallo Glass joins fight against coronavirus | Global relief effort launched for breweries
April 1, 2020
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Ardagh Group will be manufacturing bottles for Virginia-based O'Connor Brewing Company using 100% recycled amber glass. "Ardagh was competitively priced while offering top-notch quality standards," said Zach Volkman, O'Connor's vice president of operations.
Full Story: Packaging Gateway (UK) (3/27) 
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California-based Gallo Glass is joining others in the glass container industry in producing hand sanitizer bottles to help combat the spread of coronavirus. Gallo's employees have volunteered to fill and label the bottles.
Full Story: Glass International online (3/30) 
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The owners of Other Half Brewing in Brooklyn, N.Y., are spearheading an open-ended, worldwide beer collaboration called All Together to raise support for the brewing community. Roughly 40 participating breweries are each donating an IPA recipe along with art and marketing supplies, then a portion of sales is donated to support employees in each brewery's community, according to the Other Half team.
Full Story: Forbes (3/27) 
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In a bid to capitalize on the popularity of premium rose, Rhone Valley wine producer Gabriel Meffre partnered with glass manufacturer Owens-Illinois on a rose series offered in six brightly colored bottlings for summer. The Inspiration by Gabriel Meffre line was "inspired by Provencal patterns creates an incomparable bottle with an ultra-chic appearance," according to the winery.
Full Story: The Drinks Business online (U.K.) (3/26) 
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Agr expands presence in Asia with Japan office
Agr International is opening an office in Japan to offer sales and service support for its Asian markets. Agr provides quality-management and process-control equipment for the plastic and glass container industries. Full Story: European Plastic Product Manufacturer (3/30)
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Regulatory & Legislative Update
Eight states -- Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Oregon and Vermont -- have temporarily suspended enforcement of bottle and can redemption requirements due to the coronavirus pandemic. California and Hawaii are experiencing some changes to the redemption process but have not suspended enforcement.
Full Story: Waste Dive (3/24) 
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Recycling & Sustainability
The coronavirus pandemic has changed trash collection and recycling with increased online buying and takeout food orders straining residential collection while commercial pickups are decreasing due to business closures, writes Chaz Miller. He adds some drop-off sites are closing and some transfer station attendants are refusing to accept cash to curb spreading of coronavirus.
Full Story: Waste360 (3/30) 
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The recycling process at Mississippi's Door2Door facilities is taking longer with employees having to take extra precautions to protect against the coronavirus, according to owner Faith Young. Every bag is sorted by hand to air out recyclables, she added.
Full Story: WLBT-TV/WDBD-TV (Jackson, Miss.) (3/26) 
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Recycling collection and hauling will continue in Monroe County, Mich., as the government has declared it an essential service, said Dan Rock, the county's recycling and Green Community Program coordinator. He added that there are no changes to this month's drop-off collection schedule.
Full Story: Monroe News (Mich.) (3/30) 
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Fairfax County, Va., is suspending glass collection at its purple drop-off bins due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus. Residents are advised to take glass materials to the I-66 transfer station or I-95 landfill complex for recycling.
Full Story: Tysons Reporter (Va.) (3/30),  WTOP-FM (Washington, D.C.) (3/30) 
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