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Sustainable packaging: GPI partners with Keep America Beautiful for Recycle Glass Week

David Bellm

January 30, 2014

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Sustainable packaging: GPI partners with Keep America Beautiful for Recycle Glass Week

The Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) is teaming up with Keep America Beautiful Inc. (KAB), the nation's largest volunteer-based community action and education organization, to promote GPI’s Recycle Glass Week and KAB’s America Recycles Day, a nationally-recognized day for community-driven initiatives dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States.

“GPI is delighted to partner with such an extraordinary organization to advance recycling in communities across the country,” says Joseph Cattaneo, president of the Glass Packaging Institute.  “Keep America Beautiful’s America Recycles Day and GPI’s Recycle Glass Week are two great events that share a common purpose: educating consumers about the environmental benefits of recycling and encouraging action.”

“Uniting our resources, networks and constituents to promote recycling helps amplify our shared message,” said Matthew M. McKenna, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful, Inc. “Recycling is the easiest thing that any individual or organization can do to save energy, protect our treasured natural resources, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And it has never been more important.”

During GPI’s second annual Recycle Glass Week, September 12-18, communities across the U.S. will unite with glass container manufacturers, suppliers, and recyclers, to hold local activities and events to build awareness and boost glass bottle recycling. Check out the events happening in your area at http://www.gpi.org/recycle-glass-week/events/recycle-glass-week-2010-events.html.

“Consumers who recycle glass bottles and jars make a difference.  Their efforts count.   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.”

Since its inception in 1997, communities across the country have participated in America Recycles Day on November 15th to promote environmental citizenship, educate, and encourage action. Through America Recycles Day, KAB and its partners empower communities to directly engage their residents in the act of recycling.

During Recycle Glass Week, 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.  Learn more at http://www.gpi.org/recycle-glass-week/.

SOURCE: Glass Packaging Institute

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