SGCDpro’s annual Deco trade show and conference kicks off April 7 at the Hilton Easton in Columbus, Ohio. The conference features three days of technical and informational sessions with exhibits on Sunday afternoon.
As the glass container industry welcomes 2018, key economic indicators in North America are steady, signaling a positive outlook for growth in the New Year. Many of today’s market trends influencing food and beverage packaging present strong opportunities for glass containers. Research on consumer sentiment also shows that glass is well-positioned as the packaging of choice for taste, health and sustainability.
Last November, I had the chance to attend FabTech, a manufacturing conference and exhibition. One of North America’s largest manufacturing events, FabTech provides a convenient “one-stop shop” venue where you can meet with world-class suppliers; see the latest industry products and developments; and find the tools to improve productivity, increase profits, and discover new solutions for manufacturing needs (in this case, for metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing needs).
Over the past year and a half, coalitions in Iowa and Massachusetts have formed to protect and strengthen their states’ bottle bill recycling programs. These partnerships include environmental organizations, beverage container redemption and collection centers, some recycling facilities, state recycling organizations, and manufacturing industries
The glass container industry is committed to engaging with stakeholders to improve the quantity and quality of recycled glass. Results from an initiative to do just that at two North Carolina materials recovery facilities (MRFs) are in and show promise in the investments made at both locations.
With little more than a year remaining before significant changes to labeling rules take effect for California’s controversial Clean Water Act, noted Proposition 65 attorney Carol Brophy addressed Deco ’17 attendees with a summary of those changes.
This spring, the Glass Recycling Coalition (GRC) surveyed 250 public-sector officials, materials recovery facility (MRFs) operators and glass industry representatives to gain insight on the state of glass recycling.
After instructing an U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-hr Industrial Safety course at the 2016 Ceramics Expo in Cleveland, Ohio, I was invited by Edgar Lara-Curzio of Oak Ridge National Laboratory to participate in the “Best Practices in Academic Laboratory Safety” symposium at the 2017 Material Science & Technology (MS&T) meeting in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Members of the glass recycling supply chain, along with local and state agency partners, are critical components to set up and facilitate many community and state glass recycling programs. Partnerships in the recycling arena are not necessarily limited to funding or capital investment for equipment or infrastructure, and often focus on recyclable materials purchasing agreements, as well as steady end markets for glass recyclables.
When most people think about sustainability in manufacturing, they think “green”—as in using less energy per unit of output, using materials that are more environmentally friendly, generating less waste, etc. These are all worthy components of sustainable manufacturing, aimed at reducing the consumption of limited resources so that our businesses can continue to grow today and prosper tomorrow.