employees collect 4 tons of glass for recycling
Owens-Illinois (O-I) employees collected four
tons of glass for recycling as part of North American Recycle
Glass Week which is sponsored by the Glass Packaging Institute
O-I employees exceeded the company’s goal
of collecting 3 tons of glass for recycling through its employee
collection drive at the global headquarters in Perrysburg, Ohio
where 750 people are employed.
“We wanted to focus on raising awareness
about the importance of recycling glass since many people may
not realize that glass can be recycled over and over, saving
tons of raw materials,” said Kristie Martin, a communications
specialist at O-I, who chaired the company-wide recycling effort.
O-I hosted collection events and collected
glass for recycling at its headquarters and its manufacturing
plants across in the United States. The company built glass recycling
stations for employees to deposit glass bottles and containers
during the campaign.
All of the recycled glass was sent to cullet
processors that provide recycled cullet to O-I for its glass
manufacturing process to make more bottles and containers.
While glass is 100 percent recyclable, one
of the most significant issues affecting the glass industry is
the lack of quality recycled glass, according to O-I.
Although 17 million tons of glass enters
the waste stream annually, only about 2.5 million tons are recycled
by glass makers to produce more containers. By increasing the
amount of recycled glass available by 10 percent, the environmental
impact would reduce the energy required for glass production
by 3 percent and carbon emissions by 5 percent, according to
If OI’s goal of using at least 50 percent
recycled glass when producing new glass containers by 2013 is
reached, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates the domestic
energy savings would be enough to power nearly 22,000 households
for an entire year and keep 181,550 tons of waste from reaching