New Zealand: minister blesses O-I investment

Environment Minister David Benson-Pope has welcomed the decision by O-I New Zealand to invest NZD 78 million in an additional glass furnace in Auckland as good news for recyclers, local government, th…

Environment Minister David Benson-Pope has welcomed the decision by O-I New Zealand to invest NZD 78 million in an additional glass furnace in Auckland as good news for recyclers, local government, the packaging industry, and the environment. “The new furnace will mean more glass recycling, more markets for recovered glass, and more glass manufacturing in Auckland”, Mr Benson-Pope said. “It“s a real vote of confidence in the future of recycling and in New Zealand manufacturing”. “Every year, O-I NZ“s Auckland facility recycles around 71,000 tonnes of used glass into new bottles and jars. As a country, we already recycle half of all the glass packaging we use. The new furnace will help us meet the 55% recovery target for glass under the Packaging Accord 2004”, Mr Benson-Pope said. The New Zealand packaged goods industry, central government, local government and recyclers are committed to the Packaging Accord, signed in August 2004. It has a five-year duration and aims to minimise the environmental impact of packaging. More than 200 organisations have signed up to the Accord, representing the majority of New Zealand“s packaging production and supermarket sector.