Tim Connors, managing director of O-I, Glass North America, is the new Board of Trustees chairman for the Glass Packaging Institute. "I look forward to engaging with GPI leadership and our fellow members as we initiate our road map for recycling and increasing awareness of the benefits of glass packaging," said Connors.
A collaboration between global spirits producer Diageo, glass manufacturer Encirc and nonprofit Glass Futures has produced 173,000 scotch whisky bottles made from 100% recycled glass and a furnace powered by waste. Diageo considers this project another step toward hitting net-zero carbon emissions by 2030, said John Aird, senior packaging technologist at Diageo.
Texas-based craft brewer Alamo Beer Co. is shrinking its carbon footprint by using a carbon-capture system developed by environmental service company Earthly Labs that recycles the carbon produced during fermentation as carbonation for the brewing process. Earthly Labs CEO Amy George cited data indicating sustainability is important to craft beer drinkers, and they are "willing to pay a premium" to support eco-friendly brands.
The Northeast Recycling Council's spring conference examined the viability of a container refill system with input provided by glass bottle refill program organizers from California and Germany. The council also studied Canada's extended producer responsibility programs and whether there's a place for chemical recycling in a circular economy.
New York state lawmakers should prioritize improving the state's recycling infrastructure rather than finding end markets for recycled glass, as those markets already exist but require high-quality recycled content, writes Scott DeFife, president of the Glass Packaging Institute. "[T]here are several glass container manufacturing facilities in or near the state who want more recycled glass for use in making new products," writes DeFife.
In Indiana, it generally costs less to throw things away than to recycle them, and some types of plastic are easier to recycle than others, according to Allyson Mitchell, executive director of the Indiana Recycling Coalition. However, she notes that paper, cardboard and glass are all in high demand, with many manufacturers using recycled glass to make new containers.
Communities across the US are improving recycling outcomes by "re-localizing" recycling operations, working with nonprofits on recycling collection and returning to dual-stream collection, writes Neil Seldman. A growing end market is supporting these efforts, such as the companies served by Strategic Materials, which processes glass recycling for use in bottle, abrasive and insulation production, Seldman writes.
The installation of glass recycling drop-off bins in Dubuque, Iowa, has allowed the city to collect 207 tons of glass containers during the past year, according to a statement. The glass is delivered to Ripple Glass for the manufacturing of new bottles and fiberglass insulation.
Saverglass opened a new multi-service warehouse in Fairfield, California to facilitate wine and spirits brands' easy access to a suite of services for their glass bottle needs all in one place. Read more about the new location.