GLASS RECYCLING – A CLEAR SOLUTION There is no reason glass bottles and jars should end up in landfill…not when you consider they are completely recyclable time and time again, without losing quality or purity. This message is at the heart of the Glass Packaging Forum (GPF), which aims to promote the environmental 38 ANNUAL DIRECTORY 2018 that help keep glass out of landfill. Funds for the grants are generated through levies paid by more than 100 members of the Forum. Applications can be made via the GPF website. INFINITELY RECYCLABLE The recyclability of glass makes it an excellent example of the circular economy in action; glass bottles and jars are made, used and then collected, colour-sorted and returned to the furnace to be remade into new containers. As a result, the value of the glass is maximised rather than wasted. The furnace also uses less energy when processing recycled glass, which means reduced carbon emissions and less reliance on virgin materials. Recycling glass also creates jobs to collect, colour-sort and transport it, further adding to its overall value. WE’RE ALL GLASS FT429 benefits of glass packaging, as well as manage its accredited Product Stewardship Scheme. A main focus of the GPF is to ensure as many glass bottles and jars as possible are kept out of landfill and recycled back at New Zealand’s only container glass manufacturer O-I New Zealand. SUPPORTING GLASS RECOVERY As with any waste stream, there are challenges when it comes to collection, aggregation and transport. Identifying these challenges and then finding solutions is another key area of focus for the GPF, as is creating opportunities for innovative uses for glass that cannot be recycled. Tackling these issues is GPF scheme manager 3R Group - a specialist in resource recovery and product stewardship. The Forum has given out nearly $2 million in grants which fund logistics, infrastructure, research and events If you want to improve outcomes for glass in your business but are finding obstacles in the way, then the GPF would love to connect with you to find a solution. Visit www.glassforum.org.nz.
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