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Visy: new high on recycled glass content of packaging production

Visy has hit a new high, achieving an average of 63 percent recycled glass in its packaging across Australia and New Zealand (this financial year to date). The achievement represents a 5 percent increase compared to the 2023 financial year.

The figure is higher for recycled coloured glass (amber and green) at 75 percent, on average, across operations this financial year to date.

“More recycled glass means less landfill and less energy use,” said Kate Baker, Visy’s General Manager of Sustainability. “A Visy glass container with 70 percent recycled content uses up to 30 percent less energy to make than a container with no recycled content.”

“We are working with our customers to continually increase the amount of recycled glass we use in our packaging,” said Paul Vine, General Manager of Visy Glass.

“We’re getting up to 90 percent recycled glass into some of our green and amber bottles, creating a more sustainable product, keeping glass out of landfill and reducing our reliance on virgin material.

“Thanks to investments like Visy’s AUD 50 million upgrade at Laverton glass recycling, we’re getting close to our target of an average of 70 percent recycled glass in our bottles and jars across Australia and New Zealand.”

Investments under way in NSW and Queensland, including a AUD 500 million glass recycling and manufacturing facility in Yatala, south of Brisbane, will see Visy further increase the recycled content in glass containers over coming years.

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