Data recently released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency show that over 41% of glass beer and soft drink bottles, nearly 25% of wine and liquor bottles, and 33.4% of all glass containers were recycled in 2010. To achieve even higher glass bottle recycling rates, the Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) continues its efforts to encourage federal and state legislation that increases the quality and volume of recycled glass. The major positive side effect of this effort is that higher recycling rates create jobs.
On September 16, 2012, a number of the provisions of the American Invents Act (also referred to as the “Patent Reform Act of 2011”) will take place. One of the provisions will allow assignees of inventions to file U.S. patent applications.
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As discussed in Part 1 (CI, September 2011), internal kiln pressure in a tunnel kiln governs airflow direction and affects temperature uniformity, soaking time, and energy consumption. Management of the kiln pressure profile makes a huge difference in kiln stability.