Glass Recycling Problem Tackled Down Under


The massive collection of glass is not just a problem in the US.  Kiwi’s are having the same problem keeping their glass from landfills and reusing it to make new products.  Folks in Central Otago, New Zealand have decided to do something about their mountains of used glass.   New Zealand is moving away from reusing bottles and recycling more.  Use of recycled glass has increased from 88, 560 tons (50% of total used) in 2004 to over 165, 000 tons (68% of total used) in 2010.   Owens-Illinois International, New Zealand’s leading glass manufacturer and largest consumer of recycled glass, is only able to use 55% of the glass recovered for recycling in the country according to the New Zealand Glass Packaging Forum.

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