race for recycling
The Glass Packaging Institute’s (GPI) Recycle
Glass Week was the environmental sponsor for the 29th annual
Race Across America, the three thousand mile ultra-endurance
cycling race from Oceanside, California, to Annapolis, Maryland.
At Recycle Glass Week-sponsored event time stations in five cities
– Oceanside, California; Durango, Colorado; Bloomington, Indiana;
Oxford, Ohio; and Annapolis, Maryland –approximately 4,000 people
came out to show their support for the time station events, recycled
glass, plastic, and aluminum beverage containers, and learned
about the environmental benefits of recycling glass bottles and
“Through glass container recycling awareness events consumers
are becoming more aware of the huge environmental and energy
saving benefits of recycling glass bottles and jars,” said Joseph
Cattaneo, president of the Glass Packaging Institute. “Such awareness
and collection events will ultimately help to meet the goal of
using 50 percent recycled glass in the creation of new containers
GPI worked with community recycling coordinators in the five
Recycle Glass Week-sponsored event time station locations to
collect glass containers and provide local recycling awareness.
Doubling the United States glass container recycling rate (28
percent in 2008) would allow manufacturers to use 50 percent
recycled glass to make new glass containers, saving enough energy
to power 21,978 homes for one year and removing 181,550 tons
of waste from landfills every month.
GPI’s second annual Recycle Glass Week is planned for September
12 through 18, 2010. During the week, GPI and its member companies
will hold nationwide activities and events to build awareness
and boost glass bottle recycling. GPI will announce the 2010
Clear Choice Awards winners, and recognize Friends of Glass,
those organizations or persons that recycle glass or promote
the recycling of glass as a way to better the environment.