WHY YOU SHOULD BE PART OF THE GLASS PACKAGING FORUM WHAT DOES IT DO? Promotes government recognition of glass packaging as an environmentally acceptable product Works with councils to address waste glass issues Educates to encourage glass recycling Helps improve glass collection systems WHY JOIN? Best cost solution for the recovery and recycling of waste glass Participation across the industry decreases the risk of legislation Meets consumers’ environmental expectations For more info Get in touch with John Webber email@example.com 54 APRIL 2016 021 949 215 The beverage industry still needs to avoid possible restrictive expensive legislation There is a fresh call from within the community, councils and government for the introduction of Container Deposit legislation on glass bottles and jars to increase recycling and reduce litter. Historically there have been voluntary return programmes for beer bottles, soft drinks and eventually wine and spirit bottles. Programmes ceased because of the cost of collections; the introduction of lighter more energy efficient containers; the costs of washing plants; and the need for pristine bottles. Now the call is for a refundable deposit to encourage the return of bottles, not necessarily for reuse, but for recycling albeit that there will be significant extra costs. However, a legislative approach is not justified with industry acting voluntarily. The current New Zealand glass recycling rate is 73 percent – equal to the European average, including countries with legislation and the rate has increased from 50 percent over the past decade since the formation of the Glass Packaging Forum. Introduction of the GPF’s accredited Product Stewardship Scheme has played a vital role in this improvement and has so far persuaded Government that industry is acting responsibly. How do we ensure the voluntary approach remains acceptable to government? By continuing to increase recycling and by growing membership to validate the GPF’s mandate to act for the glass packaged goods industry. What should the beverage industry do? The beverage industry should support the Packaging Forum’s Glass Packaging Product Stewardship Scheme. Under this protocol each member contributes directly in accordance with the glass put into the NZ market by providing glass tonnages which apply to a) the bottle manufacturer or importer b) filler or brand owner and c) the retailer. The levy payable is $1.30 per tonne of bottles sold calculated at empty bottle weight. All members of the Beverage Industry are urged to support the Packaging Forum’s Glass Scheme. For more information contact John Webber Mob: 021 949 215 Email: John@glassforum.org.nz Visit: www.glassforum.org.nz B R EW T E C H KIWI BREWERIES TO COMPETE AT BEER WORLD CUP IN THE US The biennial World Beer Cup, known as the ‘Olympics of Beer Competitions’, is the most prestigious beer competition in the world. This year, 11 New Zealand breweries will compete against more than 2000 rivals from 63 countries for gold, silver and bronze medals in Philadelphia next month. The New Zealand breweries competing are: Epic Brewing Company (Auckland); Garage Project (Wellington); Harrington’s Breweries (Christchurch); LION (Auckland); Long White Cloud Brewing; Moa Brewing Company (Marlborough); ParrotDog (Wellington); New Zealand Beer Ltd (Auckland); The Fox Sporting Bar & Restaurant (Auckland); WilliamsWarn (Auckland) and BrewStation (Auckland). Brewers Guild of New Zealand president Emma McCashin says New Zealand breweries were highly regarded by their international peers. “New Zealand has an incredibly proud tradition and talent for brewing. Each year the quality and range of styles being produced in New Zealand is getting better and Kiwi brewers punch well above their weight at beer awards around the world. It’s no wonder that New Zealand is enjoying a golden era in brewing. “The World Beer Cup is pretty unique in that there are medals only for first, second and third in each category. When there are literally thousands of high-quality entries from around the world across 90 different categories, getting a medal means you’re a member of world brewing’s elite. “The beers being produced here are already considered among the world’s best. We’ve got tremendous talent among the thousands of people involved in the brewing industry, from malt and hops production right through to bottling and distribution. “It’s not just the great-tasting beers New Zealand breweries produce. New Zealand hops are in huge demand overseas, particularly on the West Coast of the United States. What we’re seeing now are huge opportunities in Asia, which is the next big export frontier for Kiwi brewing,” McCashin says.
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