O-I: staff urged to recycle

Recycling bins popped up 21 September 2009 in the grounds of Owens-Illinois Inc. in Perrysburg to remind its employees that every glass bottle or container recycled helps not only the planet but O-I a…

Recycling bins popped up 21 September 2009 in the grounds of Owens-Illinois Inc. in Perrysburg to remind its employees that every glass bottle or container recycled helps not only the planet but O-I as well. The glass-container maker is hoping to collect one ton of recyclable glass from its employees as part of the company“s local effort to promote Recycle Glass Week. The special week, which started out just a year ago and was then called Recycle Glass Day, is the glass packaging industry“s attempt to create more awareness about glass recycling. The main sponsor of the recycling week is the Glass Packaging Institute, which has scheduled 50 events in 22 American states related to recycling glass and to promote the return of glass packaging to the original manufacturer to reproduce into a new container, decreasing the use of raw materials to make it. “Some plants can use 70% of recycled glass, along with sand, soda, and limestone to make new glass,” said Joe Cattaneo, president of the Glass Packaging Institute. The glass packaging industry“s goal is that of using 50% recycled glass in manufacturing by 2013, a limit that is now at about 29%.