This week in glass news, several companies along the glass supply chain have come together to form a coalition in order to bolster glass recycling. According to the article, the current state of glass recycling cannot support large brewing companies such as coalition co-founder New Belgium Brewing. But companies are interested in using recycled glass in their manufacturing processes because it can reduce energy consumption, up to 5% for every 10% of recycled content of a new bottle or jar. However, currently the U.S. only recycles about 25-30% of its glass, compared to European countries where recycling rates can be as high as 70%, and companies around the world are producing bottles that are 96% recycled glass.
More than 20 organizations, such as The Glass Packaging Institute, Owen-Illinois (O-I), Heineken USA, and the North American Insulation Manufacturing Association, Inc. (NAIMA), have come together to form The U.S. Glass Recycling Coalition to increase the amount of glass recycling in the U.S. in order to support consumer beverage companies. According to the article, members of the new coalition will be working together to create “best practices” for the U.S. glass recycling supply chain in order to increase the amount of cullet from recycled glass.
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