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Vitro Reaches A Record Number Of Tons Of Glass Collected For Recycling

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Vitro Reaches A Record Number Of Tons Of Glass Collected For Recycling

San Pedro Garza García, Nuevo León, México, June 5, 2009 – In the context of the World Environmental Day, Vitro, a leader in the manufacture of glass in México and one of the most important in the world, presented its 2008 report on Sustainable Development highlighting its success in collecting 128 tons of glass for recycling during the year, thanks to its program “For a More Transparent World”.

“This is of great importance since, by recycling, we reduce the consumption of raw materials, we lengthen the useful life of the physical spaces used for solid waste storage and we improve our efficiency, by using less energy in our furnaces, reducing costs and emitting less greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, thus improving air quality”, comments Hugo Lara, Vitro’s CEO.

The collection of 128,000 tons of glass for recycling translates into savings of 7.6 million cubic meters of natural gas and avoiding carbon dioxide emissions of 15,111 tons while freeing up 256,000 cubic meters of physical space sites required for the confinement of solid waste.
According to Albert Chico Smith, Head for Vitro’s Corporate Communication and Social Responsibility, part of this achievement is due to the fact that each passing day there is a growing consciousness and interest by the community to participate in recycling efforts, as a means to contribute to a cleaner planet.

“Just in 2008 alone we increased by 24 per cent the number of recycling projects for glass bottle recycling versus 2007, by initiating 226 programs jointly with government authorities, schools, associations, restaurants, bars and hotels, among others”, he details.

He adds that, through the collection efforts for recycling, approximately 470 direct jobs and 2,350 indirect jobs are created. In this manner “For a More Transparent World” becomes the most important recycling program in the industry in México.

“Through our recycling efforts we also support noble causes by turning the collected materials into donations in kind that we deliver directly to institutions, associations and non profit organizations; one example being the delivery of 1000 diapers to the “Casa de la Amistad”, an institution that supports low income children suffering from cancer”, he explains.

Different from the 2007 report, Vitro also includes in this report the total tonnage of other recycled materials in addition to glass such as corrugate, paper, plastic, wood and scrap metal.

“During this past year we improved the process of preparing and reporting of our activities thanks to the formation of a committee specializing in the subject and comprised of representatives from different areas of the Company”, concludes Chico Smith.

Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: VITROA; NYSE: VTO), is one of the largest glass manufacturers in the world backed by 100 years of experience. Through our subsidiary companies we offer products with the highest quality standards and reliable services to satisfy the needs of two distinct business sectors: glass containers and flat glass. Our manufacturing facilities produce, process, distribute and sell a wide range of glass products that form part of the everyday lives of millions of people as well as offering excellent solutions to multiple industries that include: wine, beer, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, as well as the automotive and construction industry. In addition, we supply raw materials, machinery and industrial equipment to different industries. We constantly strive to improve the quality of life of our employees, as well as the communities where we operate, by generating employment and economic prosperity given our permanent focus on quality and continuous improvement, as well as through our consistent efforts to promote sustainable development. Located in Monterrey, Mexico, and founded in 1909, Vitro currently has major facilities and a broad distribution network in ten countries in the Americas and Europe and the Company’s products can be found all around the world. For more information, you can access Vitro’s Website at:

Source: http://www.glassviewnews.comAuthor: shangyi

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