Solid Waste & Recycling


Virtues of vitreous vintages

Okay, I couldn’t resist that alliterative headline! Sorry!
In a letter to the media and consumers, Joseph Cattaneo, President of the Glass Packaging Institute in Alexandria, Virginia ( extols the virtues of vitreous vintages. Glass does make sense as a packaging material for many products, wine being a good example. I thought it worth sharing the letter and the link to the GPI website where you can read up on glass facts. Please note that the next edition of Solid Waste & Recycling magazine (October/November) will feature a cover story about two new programs in Canada (on in BC and the other in Atlantic Canada) for bottle-to-bottle recovery and refilling for wine bottles, and implications for other parts of the country (e.g., Ontario).
Here’s the letter:
The Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) has released information about the environmental and health benefits of choosing glass for wine, beer, and food products: Studies show that glass containers provide superior health and environmental benefits over alternative packaging materials. Glass bottles and jars are 100 percent pure and are “generally recognized as safe” by the U.S. FDA.
Further, glass containers can be recycled endlessly from bottle-to-bottle. Recycling glass saves energy, reduces use of raw materials, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The glass container industry set an ambitious goal to use 50 percent recycled content in the manufacture of new glass bottles and jars by the end of 2013, which will make glass bottles even more sustainable.
Thank you for your time. Please call or email me with any questions.
Joseph Cattaneo, President
Glass Packaging Institute

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