The California State Legislature has unanimously sent a Glass Packaging Institute-supported bill to Gov. Gavin Newsom that would set a higher limit on the amount of recycled glass allowed in making new containers until 2024. "This is a commonsense measure that will reduce the amount of glass that goes into our waste stream, ultimately cutting greenhouse gas emissions," said state Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa.
Despite a seeming agreement at last month's G7 conference to hold off tariffs on French wine and other imports, President Donald Trump's administration is reportedly still investigating the matter, according to a senior official. The Section 301 probe is the same type that was used to levy tariffs on Chinese goods.
Even though glass is a more stable market compared to the recycling of other materials, the US has a lower rate of glass recycled compared to other countries such as Spain or the UK. To boost glass recycling in the US, government policy needs to address dual-stream recycling -- which results in far higher recycling rates for glass -- and educating consumers on glass collection and recycling, says Joseph Cattaneo, a Glass Packaging Institute spokesperson.
Arglass Yamamura's upcoming bottle plant in Valdosta, Ga., and South Carolina-based Fisher Recycling's plans to move to a new space in Beaufort, S.C., are expected to boost glass recycling in parts of the South. The Georgia plant will include an onsite glass cleanup facility, and the South Carolina operation will have a yearly capacity of about 75,000 tons of recycled glass.
Michigan's Emmet County is investing in an estimated $1.8 million in upgrades to its dual-stream materials recovery facility, including three robotic sorters and a glass system. The facility serves four counties with a total of more than 100,000 people.
A pair of bills that appeared in the California Legislature over the weekend would discharge grocery stores and other retailers from their legal obligations to recycle. Jamie Court, president of nonprofit Consumer Watchdog, writes that grocers, retailers, convenience stores and liquor stores often just refuse to redeem bottle deposits and that these businesses should be held accountable for recycling.
A measure to phase out single-use plastic containers in California by 2030 is among three bills that could go to Gov. Gavin Newsom's desk soon. "We need to not be a disposable society, but a recyclable society," said Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, author of a bill to require at least 75% recyclable content in beverage containers by 2035.
Michigan's Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy is awarding $1.23 million in grants to expand recycling efforts in eight counties and to aid the state's goal of doubling its recycling rate by 2025. The largest chunk of funds, $480,000, will go to help Lansing and East Lansing buy a new collection truck for projected route increases when a recovery facility is finished in Lansing next year.