Owens-Illinois, Inc. (NYSE: OI) announces that it is teaming with Palo Alto, Calif., based eCullet, Inc. to form a new joint venture called Glass to Glass LLC. This joint venture will invest in sophisticated glass sorting equipment that will make more high-quality recycled glass available for use in O-I plants.
“We are encouraged by the formation of this joint venture, as we believe we can improve the supply of recycled glass to our North American plants,” said Jay Scripter, vice president of regional integrated operations for O-I’s North American operations. Using recycled glass in the glass manufacturing process allows the company to reduce its use of virgin raw materials, thereby lowering its overall environmental imprint.
Much of the recycled glass collected in North America comes from single stream recycling, which mixes paper, metal, plastic and glass. This collection process often results in glass that is too contaminated to be successfully re-introduced into the manufacturing process. Improved sorting techniques will increase the amount of usable glass available to O-I.
“We are pleased to work with the world's largest glass container manufacturer to provide high quality, recycled glass to its plants,” said Craig London, eCullet CEO. “Glass recycling in the United States is increasing, but much of that supply requires sophisticated sorting technologies to create the quality of recycled glass required by glass manufacturers. That is our specialty and we look forward to helping Owens-Illinois use more recycled glass in its manufacturing process.”