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Company to teach benefits of glass recycling

Post Time:Sep 25,2009Classify:Industry NewsView:348

Hubie Lontz is looking forward to a glass recycling event Saturday so that he and other employees at Owens-Illinois Inc., can share what they know.

“It’s also about education of the public on recycling glass and the benefits of,” Lontz, Muskogee O-I plant manager said. “For every increase of 10 percent in recycled glass that we use, we see a 2.5 percent reduction in energy required to produce glass containers. For every glass bottle that is recycled, it saves enough energy to power a 60-watt bulb for four hours, or a computer for 30 minutes. It also cuts the greenhouse gas emissions.”

The Muskogee O-I plant is among 50 glass container manufacturing plants holding events across the country in celebration of the Glass Packaging Institute’s Recycle Glass Week. O-I will be hosting the event at the Muskogee Recycling Center.

Lontz said there is more to the event than recycling glass that the public brings in.

For every six tons of recycled glass containers used, there is a reduction in the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. Lontz said that one reason the Muskogee O-I plant decided to get involved was to be in line with the GPI’s Recycle Glass Week, which runs Monday through Sunday.

“We thought we would jump on board here in Muskogee and help educate the Muskogee area on the benefits of recycling glass and also about the great drop-off center we have here in Muskogee, run by the city of Muskogee.”

Kristie Martin, communications specialist for O-I North America, said the Glass Packaging Institute is an industry organization that represents the container glass companies in North America. O-I is a member company.

“Recycle Glass Week is one of those initiatives to increase awareness about the need to get more glass recycled, and a way to get consumers and member glass companies involved,” Martin said.

Lontz said a wide variety of O-I employees will be at the recycling event.

“They’ll be in and out, so probably 100 of our employees will be there at different times,” he said. “We’ll be there with some T-shirts and pens and other giveaways for those folks that bring glass containers in. We’ll have some banners, stickers and recycling brochures for them. And then, our employees will be talking to the folks who come in about the benefits of glass recycling.”

Lontz said they won’t be able to take certain types of glass, like ceramic coffee cups, window panes, mirrors, drinking glasses, vases or candy jars.

“We’re looking for glass containers that you can put food or beverages in; baby food jars, pickle jars, wine bottle, beer bottles,” he said.

Source: muskogeephoenix.comAuthor: shangyi

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