The Glass Packaging Institute (GPI)—the trade association representing the North American glass container industry—kicks off Recycle Glass Week, September 21 – 27, 2009 holding events across the U.S. to create better awareness of the environmental benefits of glass recycling.
“We are asking consumers to recycle their glass bottles and jars to help reduce the amount of recyclable materials entering landfills and help create a ‘greener’ future,” says GPI president, Joseph Cattaneo. “Every bottle counts.”
GPI members hope to help the glass container industry reach a nationwide goal of 50 percent recycled content in the manufacture of new glass bottles and jars by 2013. Using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency‘s benefits calculator, GPI estimates energy savings from using 50 percent recycled content in all glass packages manufactured in the U.S. could save enough energy to power over 45,000 households for a year.
Glass is made from all-natural, sustainable raw materials and it can be recycled again and again without loss of quality or purity. Reuse of post-consumer recycled glass containers minimizes consumption of raw materials and lessens the industry’s demand for energy.
For more information on upcoming Recycle Glass Week activities and events, visit www.gpi.org.