Greater Chicago area bars and restaurants have access to an eight-week pilot program called Don't Trash Glass thanks to a partnership with Constellation Brands, Strategic Materials, O-I, Glass and the Glass Recycling Foundation. The Foundation invited Arizona-based recycler GlassKing to bring the program to Chicago and partner with Lakeshore Recycling Systems and SMI for recycling and processing services, demonstrating "the value of partnerships across the industry," said Scott DeFife, president of the Glass Packaging Institute and the Glass Recycling Foundation.
O-I, Glass is making sure all of the 17 communities where the company operates have glass collection services with its Glass for Good program. "We will collaborate with customers, NGOs, suppliers and local leaders to make glass recycling available in 100% of our locations," according to a company statement.
Two material recovery facilities have been awarded the Glass Recycling Coalition's gold-level certification: Single Stream Recyclers in Sarasota, Fla., which is owned by Texas-based Balcones Resources, and Mid America Recycling in Des Moines, Iowa. Both facilities are the first in their respective areas to earn the gold certification.
Tara Hemmer, Waste Management's first-ever chief sustainability officer, says the company wants to pursue revenue growth in areas such as organics and recycling. "Sustainability for us is really a growth strategy," Hemmer says.
Polish retailer Carrefour Polska has debuted a sparkling water brand available in one-liter returnable glass bottles. Consumers pay a one-time deposit fee, and the rollout aims to reduce glass waste, said Marek Lipka, Carrefour Polska's commercial director and a member of the management board.
The e-commerce boom means package designers need to remember the brick-and-mortar "wall of color" approach to boosting brand familiarity with consumers needs to transfer to the online experience, writes Cindy Cooperman. "[I]f you have a brand package that has a strong visual identity that your consumer connects with and possibly relies on for brand recognition, now would not be the time to change things up with your packaging color," explains Cooperman.
A record grape harvest by Australia's wineries has wine bottle label producers preparing for a busy year. The harvest of more than 2.2 million tons of grapes marks a 31% increase over the 2020 harvest.
O-I, Glass has appointed seven people representing the packaging, design and publishing industries to serve on the judges panel for its 2021 O-I: Expressions Design Awards. Designs from the five finalists will be featured on O-I, Glass' Contemporary Spirits Collection at Packaging Innovations London in September where the winner will be revealed.
Recycle Ann Arbor has joined the newly formed Alliance of Mission-Based Recyclers, which believes extended producer responsibility laws and reducing single-plastic use are key to creating a circular economy in the US. The alliance also aims to bridge the communication gap about recycling issues that exists between consumers and producers.
GPI member and North America's largest glass recycler Strategic Materials, Inc. (SMI), recently unveiled a new logo, purpose, mission and values. SMI is also set to launch the company's first-ever sustainability report in the coming weeks and has a new website rolling out in the fall. Stay tuned! See the new logo, purpose, mission and values here.