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O-I Opens Recycled Glass Joint Venture Facility

A ribbon cutting and grand opening event recently took place at the new Glass to Glass facility in Portland, Ore. Glass to Glass is a joint venture formed by Owens-Illinois (O-I) and eCullet, a technology-based recycled glass processing company. The Glass to Glass facility will reportedly supply recycled glass to the O-I Portland plant located a few miles away.

“O-I is pleased to partner with eCullet on this new facility,” said Pedro Tchmola, manager of O-I’s Portland plant. “Using recycled glass in our manufacturing process is important to O-I’s sustainability efforts. This new facility will help us to reduce our use of virgin raw materials, lowering our overall environmental impact.”

Every 10% of recycled glass used in the manufacturing process reportedly reduces energy costs by 2-3% and greenhouse gas emissions by 4-10%, Pedro said at the event. However, it is sometimes challenging for glass manufacturers to get the high-quality recycled glass they need. Ryan Modlin, O-I North America’s vice president of Government Relations, explained that much of the recycled glass collected in North America comes from single-stream recycling, which mixes paper, metal, plastic and glass. This collection process often results in glass that is too contaminated to be successfully re-introduced into the manufacturing process.

One of the reasons that O-I and eCullet chose Portland as the site for their joint venture Glass to Glass facility is reportedly the steady supply of high-quality recycled glass available through the Oregon Container Deposit Program. The Glass to Glass facility will also process recycled glass from Washington that may have otherwise ended up in a landfill. The new facility will employ 15 people.

For more information, visit www.o-i.com.

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