Glass Works

Lynn Bragg, president of the Glass Packaging Institute (GPI), discusses topics related to the North American glass container manufacturing industry.

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Glass Works: New Study Identifies Optimized Model for Recycling Beverage Containers

Recycling and recovery is of critical importance to the glass container industry.
May 1, 2014

An ongoing issue for glass manufacturers is the growing demand for high-quality recovered glass and insufficient supply. This is often the result of the way in which glass and other recycled materials are collected from consumers.


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Glass Works: Consumer Interest in Recycling Grows

In 2013, average cullet use was up to 33%.
March 1, 2014

A recent survey found that a growing number of Americans say recycling is important to them and significantly impacts their food and beverage purchasing decisions.


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Glass Works: Ohio Offers Model for Recycling Glass Bottles from Bars and Restaurants

Glass container manufacturers in other states are in need of more recycled glass.
October 1, 2013

Starting last August, Ohio kicked off a one-year recycling pilot program to recover glass bottles from bars and restaurants. After collection, some of the glass will go to local glass manufacturer O-I for use in the production of new containers.


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Glass Works: Glass Bottle Recycling Benefits and Barriers

While consumers clearly know that glass is 100% recyclable, they need to have confidence that the important action they take to recycle glass bottles will result in new glass containers.
August 6, 2013

A new U.S. survey of just over 4,000 adults finds that 65% “strongly agree” or “agree” that glass bottles are 100% recyclable, and 73% always or usually recycle whatever they can.


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Glass Works: State Legislative Activity for Recycling Ramps Up

May 1, 2013

Over 40 state legislatures convened in the first quarter of 2013 and, as in previous years, they are actively introducing legislation that has the potential to impact the glass container industry and glass bottle recycling.


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Glass Works: Cleaning Up the “Greenwashing”

With new FTC guidance and attempts to provide more clarity to consumers about package recycling, glass container manufacturers hope that more consumers who are choosing glass containers will also choose to recycle them.
March 1, 2013

This latest set of revisions, developed after input from thousands of stakeholders, is largely in response to the “green” marketing declarations that have ballooned in the past several years as consumers have become more attentive to the impact products and packaging have on the environment.


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Glass Works: Improving Public Confidence in Closed-Loop Recycling

October 2, 2012

A recent survey of 2,078 adults across the UK found that 73% of respondents don’t know where their recycled materials go, and 65% don’t know what these materials will be made into. 


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Glass Works: What Counts as Recycling?

August 1, 2012

When residents set glass bottles, paper, and other recyclables at the curb or place them in recycling bins, they expect that these materials will be recycled.


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Glass Works: A Second Look at Glass Recycling Collection Systems

May 1, 2012
In February, nearly 80 corporate, trade group, and environmental and government leaders met in Dallas, Texas, to push forward a plan to boost recycling rates by 20% in the 40 states that do not have a beverage container deposit refund.
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Glass Works: Legislation, Jobs and the Environment

February 22, 2012
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.
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