Join GPI for its Second-Annual Recycle Glass Week, September 12 ­ 18

Activities to include Nationwide Glass Container Recycling Events, Friends of Glass Recognition, Clear Choice Awards Announcements, and More.

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During the Glass Packaging Institute's (GPI) second annual Recycle Glass Week, September 12-18, glass container manufacturers, suppliers, and recyclers, will again unite to hold nationwide activities and events to build awareness and boost glass bottle recycling. GPI will also announce the 2010 Clear Choice Awards winners, and recognize
Friends of Glass, those organizations or persons that recycle glass or promote the recycling of glass as a way to better the environment.

"Consumers need to understand the impact they can have when they recycle glass bottles and jars. Glass is endlessly recyclable and there are big energy savings when recovered glass is used to make new bottles," says Joseph Cattaneo, president of the Glass Packaging Institute. "We hope these Recycle Glass Week events will call attention to the value of glass container recycling and ultimately help us reach the goal of using 50 percent recycled glass in the manufacture of new containers by the end of 2013."

Doubling the U.S. glass container recycling rate (28% in 2008) would allow manufacturers to use 50% recycled glass to make new glass containers, saving enough energy to power 21,978 homes for one year and removing 181,550 tons of waste from landfills every month. Reuse of post-consumer recycled glass containers minimizes consumption of raw materials, lessens the industry's demand for energy, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

With more than 50 events in 22 states, Recycle Glass Week 2009 created awareness across the country that recycling your glass bottles and jars has powerful environmental and energy saving benefits. In Colorado and Indiana, it led to permanent and expanded glass recycling collection sites for high-quality cullet. And Saint-Gobain Containers' animated characters Captain Cullet and Little Gob educated thousands of elementary students about endlessly recyclable glass containers.

GPI will announce specific 2010 activities and events soon. Visit www.gpi.org for more information.
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