For the ninth straight year, Americans continued to reach for high-end spirits more often, with beer losing market share, per data from an industry association. Super premium rum posted a sales gain of 26.8% by volume, while American whiskey grew by 16.9%.
Continued retaliatory tariffs by the EU have cost Jack Daniel's producer Brown-Forman 1% of its sales, Chief Finance Officer Jane Cecil Morreau reports. Exports of Jack Daniel's constitute over 60% of the brand's total sales volume, Brown-Forman CEO Lawson Whiting notes.
In a region that includes cities across Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado, Momentum Recycling has reignited glass recycling by creating partnerships to cover hauling costs. In Denver, its new glass processing plant increased statewide glass recycling from 6% to 23%, in part because "[c]itizens really want to see glass getting recycled rather than landfilled or downcycled into some other alternate use," says CEO John Lair.
Florida state Sen. Kevin Rader has introduced legislation to create a statewide bottle bill program. If signed into law, the Democrat's bill would create a tax of 20 to 30 cents per glass, aluminum or plastic bottle, which would be refunded to consumers after returning the bottle to a redemption center.
New York's proposed bottle bill expansion legislation would have a detrimental effect on curbside recycling by eliminating valuable materials from each collection, Robert Lange writes. He suggests "an advanced disposal fee on containers -- set to encourage the use by manufacturers of truly recyclable packaging" as a better alternative.
Across the country, local governments and the waste industry are tackling glass recycling in creative new ways. In Austin, Texas, Balcones Recycling invested $400,000 into glass recycling equipment, giving the company "a competitive advantage in the marketplace," says CEO Kerry Getter.
China's restrictions on waste imports, coupled with Americans producing 60% more waste in 2015 compared with 1985, is collapsing the recycling business model and leading to an environmental and financial crisis for communities.
Recycling glass has benefits to the environment that go beyond waste reduction. During the melting process when cullet is used to make new bottles, the lower temperature means using less energy in the recycling process and therefore greater benefits for the environment, according to GPI.
Legislators from Connecticut's Environment Committee are evaluating possible solutions to the state's recycling shortcomings to improve the value and usability of recycled items. Possible solutions include increasing the bottle deposit, reducing waste, collecting compostable materials and separating glass from other curbside recyclables.