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A Word About Recycling - Sept. 6, 2009

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The recycling of glass jars and bottles normally does not receive the same emphasis as some other materials (aluminum cans, cardboard, electronic waste, etc.), thus it was good to see there is a Recycle Glass Week coming up as mentioned in the latest Recycling Today e-newsletter. 

“The Glass Packaging Institute’s Recycle Glass Week kicks off on Sept. 21st with 51 events to promote recycling awareness at glass container manufacturing plants and towns across the country.”

The GPI president, Joseph Cattaneo, explained, “Glass manufacturing companies, with the support of thousands of plant employees across the nation, will be holding events to encourage glass container recycling during Recycle Glass Week." 

He continued, "We are encouraging consumers to recycle their glass bottles and jars to help reduce the amount of recyclable materials entering landfills and help create a ‘greener’ future."

The article continued, “GPI members hope to help the glass container industry reach a nationwide goal of 50 percent recycled content in the manufacture of new glass bottles and jars by 2013. Doubling the U.S. glass container recycling rate (28 percent in 2007) would allow manufacturers to use 50 percent recycled glass to make new glass containers, saving enough energy to power 21,978 homes for one year and removing 181,550 tons of waste from landfills every month.”

Switching subjects, it is well known that education on any subject helps. Thus citizens who are informed on how to recycle and the benefits of recycling will naturally be motivated to recycle more. Another article in the same e-newsletter confirms this.

“As a supplement to Minnesota’s Recycle MORE campaign, the Curbside Value Partnership (CVP), Stamford, Conn., has joined forces with the Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to select three communities in which an education program with the goal of increasing participation in curbside recycling was launched.”

 The effort, which started on America Recycles Day in November, 2008, had “...  a series of advertisements, including billboards, grocery store displays, movie theater ads and local public access channel ads. The advertisements were designed to motivate residents to recycle more—whether at the curb or at the many regional drop-off sites.”

Through these efforts, “The participating communities saw an average 13 percent improvement in recycling volume compared to prior years.” (And every 13 percent helps... )

 And speaking of education, locally, as students move back into the resident halls on Texas State University every semester, they bring most of what they will need to furnish their room and to wear in cardboard boxes. The recycling program on the university tries to capture all these boxes (referred to as old corrugated cardboard or OCC) so they don’t end up in the trash dumpsters.

Checking with Mario, who is in charge of recycling on the university, he responded with, “This year for the OCC campaign, during move-in, we hired 40 temporary student workers to help us divert OCC from the waste stream and help us capture it as recyclable materials. The temporary students, our full time employees, regular students employees, and grounds volunteers,  were able to capture 8.88 tons of old corrugated cardboard in 6 days. This is an average of 1.48 tons of cardboard per day. That’s quite a bit of cardboard.”

Till next week, do have a great one...


Gloria and Ollie are local citizens concerned with the environment and helping others. Ollie is a graduate of Leadership San Marcos and they both received higher education at TxState University and worked on staff before- retiring. For questions or comments, please call 353-7432 or e-mail

Source: www.sanmarcosrecord.comAuthor: shangyi

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