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Report: Federal bottle bill would cut container waste

A national bottle bill in the US would decrease the number of containers each person sends to landfills annually from 426 to 67, reducing total annual container waste by roughly 117 billion containers, according to a report from bottle bill advocacy group Reloop. Federal legislation was introduced to Congress this March that includes a nationwide bottle bill. Resource Recycline (5/4)

Iowa House advances upgrade to bottle bill

An Iowa House committee has approved an update to the state's bottle bill that doubles the handling fee for redemption centers and ramps up the bill's enforcement. House Republicans aim to advance the legislation further, according to Rep. Jacob Bossman. Muscatine Journal (Iowa) (5/4) 

Ill. city resumes glass recycling

Glass recycling has returned to Quincy, Ill., with the installation of a glass collection bin in the city. The glass is recycled and processed by Kansas City-based Ripple Glass. The Quincy Herald-Whig (Ill.) (5/1)

Ardagh Q1 revenue grows 9%

Year-over-year first-quarter revenue for Ardagh Group grew 9% due, in part, to an increase in glass container shipments. Ardagh is expecting growth to accelerate in the second quarter, and the company is "well-placed to deliver further growth over the course of the year," said chairman and CEO Paul Coulson. Packaging Gateway (UK) (4/30)

GPI's 50% recycling plan requires public-private teamwork

The Glass Packaging Institute's strategy to increase the US glass recycling rate to 50% by 2030 involves public-private partnerships tackling two fronts: improving recycling infrastructure in key markets and updating collection and recycling systems to divert more glass from landfills. "GPI is committed to unlocking the full potential and innate circularity of glass by forming industry, consumer, and public partnerships," said Scott DeFife, GPI president. Recycling International Online (Netherlands) (4/29)

Ore. refillable bottle program a model of sustainability

Oregon craft breweries have access to refillable glass bottles thanks to a collaboration between O-I, Glass, the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative and the Double Mountain Brewery & Cidery. Double Mountain founder Matt Swihart believes "the future is a refillable package," as refillable glass bottles generate up to 66 times fewer carbon emissions than aluminum can packaging. Brands Taking Stands (4/29)

Va. county glass collection soared in 2020. 

Prince William County in Virginia collected a record 537 tons of glass last year, more than doubling the amount collected in its network of purple drop-off bins in 2019. The glass is picked up by Strategic Materials to produce cullet for glass container and fiberglass producers. Prince William Times/Gainesville Times (Warrenton, Va.) (4/29)

Subscription-based recycling startup grows in pandemic

Utah-based Recyclops last year more than doubled the number of cities and states it serves and collected over four times as many recyclables, compared with 2019. The subscription-based company, described as an Uber for recycling, serves people in areas that lack curbside recycling for glass or other materials. Forbes (4/28)Calif.'s $25M in grants includes glass recyclers
California is investing $25 million in the state's recycling system with $3 million awarded to Gallo Glass for the installation of a glass recycling line that will create cullet for wine bottle production. Roughly $732,000 has been allocated to Strategic Materials to increase the company's cullet production. Recycling Today Online (4/26)

GPI details pathway to 50% glass recycling rate in US

The Glass Packaging Institute and the Boston Consulting Group have drafted a plan to raise the US glass recycling rate to 50% in ten years by focusing on three pillars: Keeping glass recycling accessible and its costs lower than waste disposal, ensuring recycled content is getting to end users through robust infrastructure and forging public-private partnerships to drive collective action. "Increasing the US glass recycling rate to 50% improves the supply of raw material for glass container manufacturing and would result in lower greenhouse gas emissions, create jobs and improve upon the already recognized sustainability performance of glass," said GPI President Scott DeFife. Glass International Online (4/23)

O-I, Glass assists Ohio hometown with glass collection

O-I, Glass will help Perrysburg, Ohio -- home to its global headquarters -- compensate for the loss of curbside glass collection next month by establishing a network of three drop-off bins in the city. The glass collected will be used by O-I, Glass for new glass container production. WTOL-TV (Toledo,Ohio) (4/23)

O-I, Glass exec on recycled glass' potential in US

A used glass bottle can return to the shelf in as little as 30 days due to the fact glass is infinitely recyclable, said Jim Nordmeyer, vice president for global sustainability at O-I, Glass. Nordmeyer added that producing glass from 50% recycled content is a realistic goal for the US. The Colorado Sun (Denver) (4/22)

Ardagh promotes benefits of glass packaging with video

Ardagh has released a video entitled "Alchemy The Story of Glass" that explains why the life cycle of glass materials is infinite. The company also reminds craft brewers of how amber glass provides nearly 100% protection from ultraviolet rays and how all glass containers insulate better than other packaging. Craft Brewing Business (4/21)

Ripple Glass meets growing glass collection needs

Ripple Glass has expanded its purple drop-off bin network in the Kansas City, Mo., area to more than 100 sites since its founding 12 years ago, as well as added new partnerships with municipalities across 9 states. President Mike Patterson doesn't mind hearing the sound of glass crushing all day, as "it sounds like the right thing to do to me, and the right thing to do for us and the world we live on." The Kansas City Star (Mo.) (4/21)

Vt. House approves expanding deposits to more containers

The Vermont House has passed a bill that would apply the state's 5-cent deposit to almost all recyclable beverage containers. The Glass Packaging Institute worked to correct misinformation given to the legislature about quality and end-markets for deposit glass that is most easily turned into new containers, according to President Scott DeFife. Seven Days (Burlington, Vt.) (4/21)

Knauf Insulation lends financial support to GRF

International insulation producer Knauf Insulation has contributed to the Glass Recycling Foundation with the intention to advance glass recycling in the US. "Knauf's donation will help us spark action for regional glass recycling, pilot projects and educational outreach," said Scott DeFife, president of GRF and the Glass Packaging Institute. Recycling Today Online (4/21)

Recycler to offer monthly glass collection in Utah county

Momentum Recycling is bringing monthly curbside pickup for glass recycling to four communities to southern Davis County in Utah. The company also aims to expand the service to northern parts of the county and the city of Ogden. KSL-AM/FM (Salt Lake City) (4/21)

Emterra opens MRF in Mich. city

Emterra Environmental has opened a state-of-the-art material recovery facility in Lansing, Mich., that uses robotic sorting and allows the cities of East Lansing and Lansing to cease shipping material to Detroit. "For the first time in many years, we will keep our recyclable materials local, saving money and enhancing our recycling efforts throughout the Greater Lansing Area," said Lansing Mayor Andy Schor. WILX-TV (Lansing/Jackson, Mich.) (4/20)

Coca-Cola's recovery plans include refillable glass bottles

Coca-Cola is focusing more on returnable, refillable glass bottles, as well as smaller serving sizes and multipacks during the economic recovery. Volume sales returned to pre-pandemic levels last month, signaling demand is increasing, according to a company statement. Reuters (4/19)

O-I, Glass seeks bottle designs from young artists

O-I, Glass has launched a glass bottle design competition for designers and design students under age 30. The O-I: Expressions Design Awards 2021 is seeking concepts for a spirits brand that communicate its identity and commitment to sustainability, said Melianthe Leeman, global marketing director for wines and spirits at O-I, Glass. Glass International Online (4/19)

How Ore. plans to advance its green reputation

A US News and World Report study ranks Oregon as the sixth "greenest" state with a state report finding it reused nearly 41% of its waste in 2018. The state aims to increase that number to 55% by 2025, as "it's part of our regional character to be concerned and want to see our waste taken care of in the best possible way," said Patrick Morgan, a recycling information specialist at the Portland area's Metro Council. KGW-TV (Portland, Ore.) (4/19)

Heineken targets carbon neutrality

Heineken is addressing climate change by pledging to make its production carbon neutral by 2030 and its entire value chain carbon neutral by 2040. The plan includes using returnable glass bottles, shifting to renewable energy and replacing plastic packaging with cardboard. Beverage Daily (France) (4/19)

Vt. bottle bill upgrade crosses first hurdle

Vermont's House of Representatives has passed an updated bottle bill that doubles the number of container types eligible for redemption, including wine, some spirits, sports drinks and bottled water. The proposal has gained support from the Glass Packaging Institute and is heading to the state Senate for a vote. Valley News (White River Junction, Vt.) (4/18) 

3 Pa. municipalities to share glass drop-off bin

The Pennsylvania communities of O'Hara, Aspinwall and Blawnox are compensating for the loss of glass recycling collection by installing a drop-off bin in O'Hara at the township's municipal building. The communities will contribute equally to the $600 dumping fee. Trib Total Media (Tarentum, Pa.) (4/16)

Gallo closer to earning state approval for S.C. facility

The South Carolina Senate has approved an exemption to state law that will allow a proposed $400 million E.&J. Gallo bottling and distribution facility to have tasting rooms. The proposal is headed to the state House for a vote, then to the desk of Gov. Henry McMaster, who has stated, "I look forward to signing this bill into law and welcoming Gallo to South Carolina." The Modesto Bee (Calif.) (4/14)

Ripple Glass to provide Ill. city with glass recycling

Ripple Glass has entered into a three-year agreement to provide glass recycling for Quincy, Ill. The partnership is expected to save the city money via fewer landfill fees, said Kyle Moore, the city's mayor. The Quincy Herald-Whig (Ill.) (4/12)

Texas brewery boosts sustainability by recycling carbon

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. San Antonio Current (4/12)

Iowa city collects 200+ tons of glass via new system

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. The Telegraph Herald  (Iowa) (4/11)

N.Y. lawmakers need further info on glass supply, demand

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. The Post-Journal (4/10)

Diageo pilots Encirc's 100% recycled glass bottle

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. The Spirits Business (U.K.)(4/9)

Glass could be a bright spot in Ind. recycling

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.  Indiana Public Media (4/8)

Why Communities are resuming control of recycling

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.  Waste360 (4/8)

GPI names O-I, Glass exec Tim Connors as board chair

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. Glass International Online (4/7)

NERC conference tackles 3 emerging recycling trends

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. Waste Dive (4/7)

Glass is sustainable, premium choice for beverages

Glass provides the beverage industry with a sustainable packaging choice due to its infinite life cycle, use of recycled content and all-natural components, said Scott DeFife, president of the Glass Packaging Institute. Brands are also turning to glass for the material's capabilities regarding premium, specialty packaging, DeFife added.  Beverage Industry  (4/6)

MCC collaborations target food, packaging waste

Label producer Multi-Color Corporation is working with Digimarc to reduce waste during food recalls with serialized product packaging that traces food back to its origin. MCC's Verstraete Injection Molding Labels unit is working with Digimarc, as well as Orkla, a Norway-based consumer brands supplier, to create digital watermarks on packaging that link to recycling and reuse information.  Quality Assurance & Food Safety (4/2021)

European glassmakers partner on Furnace for the Future

A collaborative effort by 19 European glass producers dubbed the Furnace for the Future has been selected for the second stage of the EU Innovation Fund. "The Furnace for the Future represents a key step towards a sustainable future for glass packaging," European Container Glass Federation President Michel Giannuzzi said of the project, which aims to create a hybrid furnace powered by 80% electricity and 20% fossil fuels.  Glass International Online (3/30)

Genesis Alkali keeps glass container industry moving

Genesis Alkali's Green River trona mining facility in southwest Wyoming produces 4 million tons of natural alkali products a year, including the soda ash used in glass container production. Natural soda ash production is known to result in fewer harmful pollutants and consume less energy than its synthetic counterpart. The Daily Rocket (Wyo.) (3/29)

Corning accelerates vial production for COVID-19 vaccines

Corning is ramping up production of its Valor Glass pharmaceutical vials ten-fold this year to meet demand for the COVID-19 vaccine. The company has deployed a machine-vision system to detect potential flaws in each of the vials to ensure their strength and safety, said Mark Kurz, Corning's director of manufacturing and supply chain operations for pharmaceutical technologies. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (3/28)

EPA awards Ardagh facility with Energy Star designation

An Ardagh glass plant in Madera, Calif., has attained Energy Star certification from the Environmental Protection Agency. The certification is awarded to facilities operating within the top 25% of their respective industries regarding energy performance. The Business Journal (Calif.) (3/25)

Ardagh tapped for Bragg's new glass bottle design

Ardagh North America has designed and produced the glass bottles for Bragg Live Food Products' new apple cider vinegar line. "We chose to partner with Ardagh to craft a fully recyclable bottle solution that best reflects one of our core values of protecting Bragg's legacy of developing only high quality, natural products," said Linda Boardman, Bragg CEO.  Packaging Gateway (3/25)

Federal recycling legislation seeks second life in 2021

Recycling legislation that stalled last year in Congress due to the pandemic but has been reintroduced in 2021 with glass industry support includes the bipartisan RECYCLE Act, which aims to boost recycling with $15 million annually in educational programs through 2026. The industry has also signaled support for the RECOVER Act, which pledges $500 million to improving US recycling infrastructure.  Waste Dive (3/25)

Nominations for GPI's 2021 Clear Choice Awards underway

The Glass Packaging Institute is accepting nominations until April 15 for the 2021 Clear Choice Awards, which recognizes exceptional glass containers produced from January 2019 to December 2020. Awards are given in eight categories: food; non-alcoholic beverages; cider and flavored alcoholic beverages; wine; spirits; beer; fragrances, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals; and sustainability and innovation. Craft Spirits Magazine (3/19/21)

UK glass producers target 90% recycling rate

The UK glass packaging industry has pledged to hit a 90% glass recycling rate by 2030. The target was established last week at the inaugural Glass Recycling Summit hosted by industry group British Glass. Glass On Web (3/19/21)

Gallo seeks to construct $400M hub in S.C.

E. & J. Gallo will invest more than $400 million in a new bottling, warehousing and distribution center in South Carolina, pending state approval of four satellite tasting rooms, said Rob Donoho, Gallo's head of global chain functions. The 600-acre site will serve as Gallo's primary base for the East Coast, added Donoho. Wine Business (3/18/21)

Multi-Color Corporation joins GPI

Ohio-based Multi-Color Corporation, one of the world's largest label suppliers, has become a member of the Glass Packaging Institute. "MCC plays a crucial role in providing innovative and sustainable label options for the glass packaging industry," said Scott DeFife, GPI president. Glass International online (3/16/21)
Heineken is partnering with Encirc and Glass Futures to test 1.4 million bottles produced with low-carbon biofuels and comprised of up to 100% recycled glass. The UK government-funded trial will test the bottles' resiliency throughout the supply chain. New Food Magazine (3/15/21)

Supplement brand's glass bottles boost sustainability

Seraphina Therapeutics, a direct-to-consumer supplement subscription service, tapped the Los Angeles-based Phenomenon design agency to develop a glass bottle design for a new fatty acid supplement that prompts people to keep and reuse the bottle. The bottles feature silk-screened printing and are secured during shipping by corrugated inserts, which reduces packaging waste. Packaging World (3/12/21)

Schott surpasses 1B doses of COVID-19 vial production

Pharmaceutical glass company Schott has manufactured enough glass vials for the COVID-19 vaccine to deliver more than one billion doses worldwide. Roughly 90% of vaccine production depends on Schott vials, and the company is on pace to produce enough vials this year to deliver more than two billion doses, according to a company statement. Glass International online (3/11/21)

GPI roadmap paves the way to 50% recycled content

The Glass Packaging Institute has created a roadmap that can help the glass packaging industry reach a 50% recycled content rate over the next decade. The roadmap calls for improved recycling infrastructure along with key partnerships within state and local governments and advances in glass collection, sorting and processing. Glass Worldwide (March/April 2021)

Pa. Anchor Hocking plant sold to Stoelzle Glass Group

The Anchor Hocking Glass Company plant in Monaca, Pa., has been acquired by Austrian firm Stoelzle Glass Group, which makes packaging for pharmaceuticals, perfumes, cosmetics, spirits and other consumer products. The deal marks the first plant Stoelzle has acquired in the US and its first facility purchased outside Europe. Glass International (3/4/21)

Molson Coors, Encirc partner on glass bottle production

Molson Coors Beverage Company has introduced a new, low-carbon glass beer bottle, which was created in partnership with Encirc, made from up to 100% recycled glass. The new packaging is part of Molson Coors' plan to cut the brewery's carbon emissions in half by 2025. FoodBev (3/5/21)

How Strategic Materials gives new life to glass packaging

In Episode 8 of Waste360's Stef Talks Trash video series, Stefanie Valentic checks in with Laura Hennemann, the vice president of marketing at Strategic Materials, about the ins and outs of the glass recycling industry. The discussion includes refuting some long-held myths about glass recycling and the potential effects of federal deposit legislation. Waste360 (3/4/21)

O-I, Glass partners with Center for Glass Innovation

O-I, Glass is teaming up with the Center for Glass Innovation in New York on a 3-year initiative to develop next-generation glass products, improve energy efficiency in manufacturing and keep glass out of landfills. "Collaborating through the Center for Glass Innovation supports O-I's ambition to transform our processes, products, and our interconnected relationships to bring our vision of a sustainable future to life," said Randy Burns, chief sustainability and corporate affairs officer at O-I, Glass. Glass International online (3/3/21)

Reusable glass packaging has its advantages

David Goldstein writes that many people are nostalgic for old-fashioned, reusable glass beverage bottles, and this packaging is one of the most sustainable with the glass recycling rate being upwards of 63% in states with deposit programs, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. "Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity," said Scott DeFife, president of the Glass Packaging Institute.  Ventura County Star (Calif.) (3/6/21)

Ardagh saw glass shipments rise in second half of 2020

Ardagh Group enjoyed a 2% year-over-year increase in glass shipments during the second half of 2020, according to data shared during a call with financial analysts. The company will focus on reducing costs through automation and other productivity improvements this year. Glass International online (2/24/21)
Consumers are advised to keep lids on glass bottles and jars when they're recycled, which makes the process simpler and encourages more people to participate, according to Scott DeFife, president of the Glass Packaging Institute. Plastic lids often have to be removed at recycling centers, but it's more important to leave light bulbs, ceramics and non-recyclable glass out of recycling than to separate plastic lids before submitting items, said Julian Garcia, plant manager at Strategic Materials. Ventura County Star (Calif.) (2/27/21)