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GPI supports natural gas refund proposal in N.C.

The Glass Packaging Institute has joined several other industry organizations in supporting North Carolina's Protecting Natural Gas Consumers from Overcharges Act. The recently introduced bill has bipartisan support and aims to grant the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission the authority to demand a refund for consumers if an interstate natural gas provider has overcharged them. WCTI-TV (N.C.) (6/17)

Ardagh updates Odenwald jar design

Ardagh Group has released redesigned jars for Germany-based Odenwald fruit sauces that feature a wider opening, bowl-like shape and embossed elements that allow for less product waste and an easier grasp. The new design is a result of consumer feedback and encourages consumers to reuse the jars, according to Mirco Bastiani, head of marketing at Odenwald parent company Andros. Packaging Europe (6/16)

Glass collection returns to Ga. city thanks to 2 teens

Ella Katekovich and Jeslyn Guo are high school students in Milton, Ga., who spearheaded the return of glass recycling to their community by reaching out to Strategic Materials. Strategic Materials has agreed to place a glass collection bin in Milton's Bell Memorial Park and collect the glass at no charge. The Marietta Daily Journal (Ga.) (6/16)

E. & J. Gallo begins to build $423M S.C. distribution center

E. & J. Gallo Winery, the nation's biggest winemaker, is about to begin construction on a $423 million bottling and distribution center in South Carolina's Chester County. The facility will serve as the center of Gallo's East Coast operations, and will eventually feature tasting rooms where customers can sample wines. The Associated Press (6/15)

Reloop circular packaging program is coming to the US

Global nonprofit Reloop is bringing its collaborative approach to creating a circular economy to the US with its first US initiative to focus on plastic packaging. Reloop brings together governments, environmental groups and industry to focus on five areas related to packaging circularity: collecting, sorting, bottle bills, reuse and recycled content. Waste360 (6/15)

Transportation issues disrupt glass supply from China

California-based Encore Glass cites supply chain disruptions in China related to skyrocketing shipping costs and transportation bottlenecks as reasons for the glass import challenges in the US, according to Bradley Tucker, Encore's vice president of sales. "Even if you can get glass out of China, the [shipping] container rates increased by four times, that is if you can get a container," said Tucker.  North Bay Business Journal (Santa Rosa, Calif.) (6/14)

Proposed Maine EPR bill would benefit environment

Lawmakers in Maine are considering the passage of the first extended producer responsibility bill in the US that would shift the state's recycling costs to container producers. If passed, the bill would encourage producers to develop more sustainable packaging options, said Sarah Nichols, director of Sustainable Maine for the Natural Resources Council of Maine. The Washington Post (6/14)

2021 is already a good year for recycling legislation

Lawmakers across the US have been busy with waste and recycling legislation during the first six months of the year with Colorado passing a bill that bans plastic bags and foam containers, and Connecticut approving a bill that doubles its container deposit fees and expands its bottle bill to cover new container types. Washington has passed a minimum recycled content bill, and Maryland has passed legislation that aims to increase access to recycling end markets. Waste Dive (6/14)

Wiegand-Glas fuels bottle production with biomethane

Germany's Wiegand-Glas will meet a client's desire for "greener" glass bottles that are made with biomethane by working with biomethane producer bmp greengas of Munich. Biomethane is a renewable methane gas sourced from municipal waste sites. Glass International Online (6/11)

R.I. is overdue for bottle bill

Rhode Island should take note of Connecticut's recent upgrade to its bottle bill by passing legislation of its own, writes Westerly resident Jay Lustgarten. A bottle bill would help Rhode Island -- also known as the Ocean State -- cut down on waste being put into the ocean, writes Lustgarten. The Westerly Sun (R.I.) (6/10)

Tomra appoints industry vet as regional director

Tomra Recycling has named Ty Rhoad, a recycling and waste industry veteran, as its Regional Director of the Americas. "Tomra is at the forefront of the circular economy working toward closing the loop, and I see tremendous growth potential for our industry-leading sorting technologies in the Americas," said Rhoad. Recycling Today (6/10)

Wine wholesalers offer returnable bottle programs

Gotham Project and Good Goods are wine wholesalers pioneering the sale of wine in returnable, refillable glass bottles to shrink the products' environmental footprint. Good Goods CEO Zach Lawless has found offering retail consumers store credit versus a small deposit significantly improved the return rate. The New York Times (6/10)

Glass recycling returns to 3 Pa. communities

The Pennsylvania Resources Council has helped install a permanent glass recycling bin next to the municipal building in O'Hara, Pa. The bin will help compensate for the loss of curbside pickup services for glass recycling in O'Hara and two neighboring towns. Trib Total Media (Tarentum, Pa.) (6/10)

AB InBev creates lightest beer bottle in the world

AB InBev has reduced the weight of its standard beer bottle by 30 grams, producing what it calls the lightest beer bottle in the world. The new design will reduce the company's carbon footprint by 17% for each bottle once it hits the market. Beverage Daily (France) (6/7)

British Glass opposes UK deposit program

Manufacturer British Glass is concerned a proposed Deposit Return Scheme in the UK will prevent the country's glass packaging industry from achieving its closed loop goal of recycling 80% of glass containers for reuse in new container production. The proposal fails to set specific targets, which will likely result in the glass collected going to construction aggregate production versus the glass container industry, according to British Glass. Packaging News (UK) (6/7)

Grant to boost recycling collection in Milwaukee

A $649,000 grant from The Recycling Partnership has allowed the city of Milwaukee, Wis., to distribute 18,600 wheeled recycling carts and recycling information to residents. "The Recycling Partnership is honored to partner with the City of Milwaukee, with support from Dow, PepsiCo Foundation and Rehrig Pacific to continue our work to promote and transform curbside recycling nationwide," said Jill Martin, The Recycling Partnership's director of community programs. Milwaukee Independent (6/7)

Calif. Senate passes 2 bills targeting glass recycling

The California Senate has passed two bills that aim to boost glass collection and recycling. SB 451 adds spirits and wine bottles to the state's recycling program and expands glass collection while SB 38 would require beverage distributors to establish a stewardship organization that would help collect and recycle beverage containers. KABC-TV (Los Angeles) (6/6)

Conn. lawmakers OK new bottle bill with 10-cent deposit

The Connecticut General Assembly has approved a bill that doubles the state's container deposit to 10 cents and extends it to different ones including tea, coffee, kombucha, juice, sports and energy drinks, as well as plant-infused beverages. The bill also imposes a 5-cent surcharge on single-serving alcohol bottles known as nips. NBC-CT (Conn.) (6/3)

Glass Futures to host hydrogen furnace conference

Glass industry nonprofit Glass Futures is presenting the Hydrogen in Glassmaking virtual conference next week. The sessions will examine the environmental benefits of transitioning to hydrogen as a glass furnace fuel source. Glass International Online (6/3)

Tiama Inspection purchases Vimec

Vimec, a Dutch company specializing in inspection solutions for the pharmaceutical glass industry, has been acquired by Tiama Inspection Worldwide, a France-based inspection and quality control provider for glass packaging manufacturers. The deal is expected to help scale Vimec into a global company. Glass International Online (6/3)

Maine EPR bill clears committee vote

The Environment and Natural Resources legislative committee in Maine has approved an extended producer responsibility bill that would enable the state's Department of Environmental Protection to set recycling fees that distributors must pay to assist with beverage container recycling. The bill now heads to the state Senate and House for a possible vote, but some industry associations contend the bill is poorly drafted and fails to advance proven recycling solutions. Resource Recycling (6/2)

2022 EPA budget plan includes recycling system funding

President Joe Biden's proposed budget to fund the federal government in fiscal 2022 seeks a record $11.2 billion in spending for the Environmental Protection Agency, including $10 million for the Sea Our Seas 2.0 Act's Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling pilot grant initiative. The proposal also aims to establish an assistant administrator of environmental justice position at the EPA. Waste Dive (6/2)

GRC awards 2 Texas MRFs with gold certification

Two material recovery facilities owned by FCC Environmental Services in Dallas and Houston, Texas, have earned gold-level certification from the Glass Recycling Coalition. "As this certification grows, it is evident that more MRFs are seeing the value in offering processes and technology to clean up the glass," said Scott DeFife, president of GRC and the Glass Packaging Institute. "Glass is a core recyclable and residents want to recycle it and end markets are eager for this material."  Recycling Today (6/1)

O-I, Glass: How to forge instant consumer connections

Participants in the (Un)Conscious Stories webinar hosted by O-I, Glass explained brands need to choose design elements that have meaning to consumers and convey a story that connects with people on an emotional level in seven seconds or less. "Brands that are able to do that are dramatically changing their ability to influence shoppers," said Arnaud Aujouannet, senior vice president and chief sales and marketing officer at O-I, Glass.  Glass International Online (6/1)

TikTok users extol glass jars for produce storage

A video posted on social media platform TikTok by Steph Gigliotti has gained more than 7.4 million views for demonstrating how storing strawberries in glass jars keeps them fresh for weeks. One TikTok user commented on the video explaining they store all their fresh produce in glass jars for easy meal prep. Newsweek (6/1)

The case for Conn.'s bottle bill overhaul

The Connecticut Senate needs to pass legislation that aims to update the state's bottle bill by doubling the five-cent redemption rate, increasing handling fees and accepting more types of beverage containers, writes Kevin Budris, staff attorney for the Zero Waste Project at the Conservation Law Foundation. These measures will increase redemption rates, lower costs for communities and reduce the state's reliance on trash incinerators, which disproportionately pollute communities of color, writes Budris. The Connecticut Mirror (5/28)

Stoelzle aims to boost B2B service with new website

Stoelzle Glass Group's digital transformation includes a new website that enables clients to access product information and submit queries regarding the group's four business units: Consumer Food and Beverages, Spirits, Pharma and Perfumery & Cosmetics. The group has also unveiled a refreshed YouTube channel featuring videos about glass container production and other industry-related topics.  Glass International Online (5/27)

O-I, Glass to pilot glass collection in Va. county

O-I, Glass is donating glass drop-off bins and a storage bunker to James City County, Va., to help boost glass collection and reduce contamination. An O-I, Glass plant in Toano, Va., will process the glass collected by the pilot program into cullet. Williamsburg Yorktown Daily (Williamsburg, Va.)(5/27)

Wash. glass recycler vies for $10K grant

Seattle Good Business has named the Ellensburg Glass Recycling Cooperative a finalist in a $10,000 grant competition. The nominating process has required the Washington-based nonprofit to create a marketing campaign that will benefit it in the future when procuring customers for its recycled glass content, said Suzanne Noble, cooperative member. Daily Record (Ellensburg, Wash.) (5/26)

Urban Mining CT turns glass waste into opportunity

Urban Mining CT has capitalized on the US' large-scale glass waste disposal challenges by developing Pozzotive -- a pozzolan cement replacement made with postconsumer recycled glass. The company says the manufacturing process for the material is compatible with almost every type of glass.  Westfair Communications (White Plains, N.Y.) (5/24)

Update to Iowa's bottle bill fails to pass

The Iowa legislature has ended its latest session without passing a change to the state's bottle bill. The proposal would have allowed retailers the right to refuse redeemable containers if a redemption center was located nearby.   Explore Okoboji (5/24)

How to repair flawed US recycling system

The US recycling system is broken and fixing it requires changes to the collection, processing and marketing of recycling, according to a report from Columbia University's Earth Institute. "This means improving the technology for sorting and recovering materials, incorporating more recycled material into products, getting these products into the marketplace and creating demand for them," the report stated. The Dallas Morning News (5/23)

Why Va. needs a bottle bill

Virginia lawmakers should craft bottle bill legislation, as states with these bills recycle up to 90% of their beverage container waste, reduce roadside litter and supply the glass container industry with much-needed cullet, writes Rick Galliher, president of the Virginia Bottle Bill Organization. Galliher adds the Glass Packaging Institute and other industry organizations support a bottle bill in Virginia. Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.) (5/22)

Saverglass downsizes its carbon footprint

Saverglass, a premium glass bottle manufacturer in France, lowered its scope 1, 2 and 3 carbon emissions from 2009 to 2019 by 11%, according to its 2020-2021 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, and the company is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2050. "[W]e have identified two priority lines of action. The first is to have effective measurement and management of emissions related to our industrial activity," said Saverglass CEO Jean-Marc Arrambourg. "We also expect to take action against our greenhouse gas emissions."  Glass International Online (5/21)

O-I, Glass to finish $36M Spanish plant overhaul

O-I, Glass is spending nearly $36.6 million to renovate a plant in Seville, Spain, with completion expected in July. The project includes a furnace rebuild to improve the plant's energy efficiency and an expansion in production capacity. Glass International Online (5/21)

Encirc ad agency grows global B2B portfolio

Armstrong, a UK-based business-to-business marketing agency, is expanding its global account portfolio and staff. Two of Armstrong's clients are glass manufacturers Encirc and Bucher Emhart Glass. Business Up North (U.K.)(5/20)

Glass Futures nears innovation facility construction

UK-based Glass Futures, a research and technology nonprofit, appears set to receive site approval for the construction of a glass innovation center in St Helens, UK. The center will develop new methods and technologies to improve the sustainability of glass production. Glass International Online (5/20)

Nonprofit brings glass collection to Mont. community

Missoula, Mont.-based nonprofit Recycling Works is extending its curbside glass collection services to the city of Lolo. The nonprofit is considering serving additional communities, as its transfer station can contain up to 500,000 pounds of glass. KPAX-TV (Missoula, Mont.) (5/20)

Stoelzle to ramp up spirits bottle production in US

Stoelzle Glass Group is a specialty glass container producer for luxury markets that plans to shift more of the production at its new US plant in Pennsylvania to spirits bottles, said CEO Georg Feith. The move will help Stoelzle meet growing US demand for "super-premium" spirits bottles that are currently primarily imported from Europe and Mexico, said Feith.  Glass Online (5/20)

UN names 2022 as the International Year of Glass

The UN General Assembly has voted to designate 2022 as the International Year of Glass. Events celebrating the designation next year will include museum exhibits, an opening glass conference in Geneva and the Glass Expo in China.  Glass International Online (5/19)

O-I, Glass ups recycled material goal

O-I, Glass aims to improve the sustainability of its portfolio by increasing its recycled glass content to an average of 50% by 2030. The current amount of recycled glass content in O-I, Glass' containers averages 38%.  Glass International Online (5/19)

Saverglass announces its commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050

GPI Member company Saverglass released their Corporate Social Responsibility Report highlighting progress around its commitments to protecting the environment, developing its employees, and acting for society while outlining its goals for the next decades. Wine Industry Advisor (5/19)

Recycling Partnership proposes $17B system overhaul

A report from The Recycling Partnership finds investing $17 billion in the US recycling system over the next five years would increase recycling rates to roughly 70%. The report specifies that $6 billion should be allocated to educational programs while $11 billion would be needed for equipment and infrastructure improvements to build equitable recycling access across the US. Resource Recycling (5/18)

Group proposes alternative to Conn. 10-cent nips fee bill

In a letter, spirits industry wholesalers and suppliers have proposed an alternative to Connecticut's proposed 10-cent deposit fee for 50-ml bottles, also known as nips. The group is encouraging the state legislature to consider a five-cent "eco fee" that wholesalers would pay to municipalities for each nip sale, regardless of if the mini bottle is returned. CT News Junkie (Conn.) (5/17)

Heinz-Glas commissions $18M electric furnace

Heinz-Glas has installed an approximately $18.3 million electric furnace in its glass production plant in Kleintettau, Germany. The furnace is capable of producing opal glass, perfumery glass and clear glass with a high content of cullet. Glass International Online (5/14)

Why beauty brands should consider glass packaging

As the beauty industry strives to become more sustainable, it should consider packaging options such as refillable containers and glass, writes Cary Lin, CEO of skin care brand Common Heir. Glass is infinitely recyclable and is processed 31% of the time, compared to plastic's average recycling rate of 9%, writes Lin. Glossy (tiered subscription) (5/14)

O-I, Glass names new board chair

John Walker is replacing Carol Williams as Independent Board Chair at O-I, Glass. CEO Andres Lopez thanked Williams, who will continue to serve on the board, for her "tireless dedication," adding, "John has made significant contributions to our board over the last two years." Glass International Online (5/14)

GPI dispels glass recycling myths for communities

The Glass Packaging Institute has produced a flyer entitled "Questions Municipal Recycling Leaders Should Ask About Glass Recycling" to inform communities about opportunities related to end markets. "This new flyer is the first of many resources that GPI will provide to municipal leaders to clarify the misinformation and limited options frequently presented to them during contract negotiations, which leave the impression that eliminating glass is the only way to sustain their recycling programs," said GPI president Scott DeFife. Recycling Today (5/14)

Tomra's new CEO to assume role in Nov.

Tomra, a recycling sorting systems company based in Norway that provides reverse vending machines and operates processing facilities in the US, has appointed Tove Andersen as CEO effective Nov. 1. "I've seen the great work that Tomra is doing to enable the circular economy while also ensuring resource responsibility and minimizing waste across the food, recycling and mining industries," said Andersen, who currently serves as an executive vice president, Europe for chemical company Yara International. Recycling Today Online (5/11)

How wine, glassmakers cut transportation emissions

Bryn Mawr Vineyards in Oregon has improved its environmental impact by shifting its source for glass bottles to an Energy Star-certified Ardagh plant in Seattle, Wash., from a supplier in France, said Rachel Rose, winemaker and vineyard manager at Bryn Mawr. French bottle manufacturer Saverglass is opening more plants worldwide to reduce its transportation-related emissions. Liquor (5/11)

O-I, Glass debuts Drinktainer, premium spirits bottle set

O-I, Glass has rolled out the Contemporary Collection in Europe, a premium spirits line featuring three bottle designs with each available in thick-bottom and lighter-weight styles. The company has also released the Drinktainer, a single-serve bottle designed with a wider mouth to mimic the on-premise drinking occasion in an off-premise setting. The Drinks Report (U.K.) (5/11)

N.Y. legislators approve hotel single-use toiletry ban

Lawmakers in New York have passed legislation banning single-use plastic toiletry bottles that are 12 ounces or smaller in the state's hotels and motels starting in 2024. The state's hospitality industry will likely transition to refillable containers, writes Nicole Axworthy. VegNews (5/10)

Toothpaste brand uses glass containers to shrink footprint

Packaging solutions that help consumers live more sustainably include the refillable glass containers used by the Bite toothpaste tablet brand. "I think with customers realizing that they do have the power to make these changes, it's going to push the entire industry in a more sustainable direction," said Bite founder Lindsay McCormick. Bloomberg (5/8)

Conn. Senate considers bottle bill upgrade

A bill in the Connecticut Senate aims to make the state's bottle bill more effective by doubling the deposit fee, covering a wider range of container types and increasing the handling fees paid to redemption centers. Proponents of the bill believe these changes will reduce litter and increase recycling. New Haven Independent (Conn.) (5/5)

PepsiCo introduces nonresidential recycling program

PepsiCo's new BottleLoop program aims to increase the recycled plastic supply by distributing bins for beverage containers to schools, stores, restaurants and other nonresidential locations and collecting the recycling. The program accepts all beverage containers and offers data analysis from software firm Replenysh to help customers "achieve their sustainability ambitions, and work toward our own recycled content goals," said Tim Carey, vice president of sustainability at PepsiCo Beverages North America. Plastics Recycling Update (5/5)
Glass packaging is a superior choice for home food storage, as its inertness keeps food fresher longer and its all-natural composition doesn't taint the food, writes Georgina Wilson-Powell. Glass is also endlessly recyclable, and producers have developed lighter-weight glass for containers, reducing their carbon footprint, adds Wilson-Powell. Pebble Magazine (5/4)

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) 

O-I, Glass establishes recycling program in Va. county

O-I, Glass is bringing its Glass for Good program to James City County, Va., where the company will install glass drop-off bins, collect the glass for use at a nearby plant and donate the value of the collected glass to local charities. "This is going to be an outstanding program for our community," said Michael Hipple, county board of supervisors chair. The Virginia Gazette (Williamsburg) (5/3) 

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)
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)

Ripple Glass serves as vital supplier for end markets

Ripple Glass collects glass recycling from nine states to process roughly 100 tons of glass a day and more than 40,000 tons of glass annually, said Lydia Gibson, director of corporate development, in this episode of the PBS television series "My World Too." The processed content is shipped to end users for fiberglass and glass container production, while any non-recyclable content has "beneficial reuse" as road aggregate and other filler material, said Gibson. PBS (4/2)

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)

Md. governor signs recycling end market legislation

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has signed a bill into law that aims to develop a more robust end market for the state's recycling. The law also authorizes the state's Department of the Environment to examine ways to decrease recycling contamination rates. Waste Dive (2/17)

Arglass CEO on new plant, support for industry groups

Arglass Yamamura opened its Georgia plant in December 2020 with the goal of creating the most eco-friendly glass manufacturing facility in North America, and the company plans to support industry initiatives spearheaded by the Glass Recycling Foundation and the Glass Packaging Institute, such as ensuring the industry has a steady supply of quality cullet, said Arglass CEO Jose Arozamena. "We believe that having more active members in GPI pushing together to communicate the strengths and benefits of glass is the only way to grow the US glass market for everyone," said Arozamena. Glass Worldwide Online (Jan./Feb. 2021)