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Glass: Single Stream Impact. Tom Mabie GPI West Coast Counsel. Single Stream Roundtable Sacramento, California May, 23, 2005. Primary End Use Market For Quality Cullet. Benefits of Using Quality Cullet.

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glass single stream impact
Glass: Single Stream Impact

Tom Mabie

GPI West Coast Counsel

Single Stream Roundtable

Sacramento, California

May, 23, 2005

benefits of using quality cullet
Benefits of Using Quality Cullet
  • We save over a ton of natural resources for every ton of glass recycled at the same time saving valuable landfill space
  • Recycling glass reduces furnace emissions by 15 - 20%
  • Recycling glass saves 25 - 32% of the energy used to make glass containers
  • Glass virtually has an unlimited life, it can be recycled over and over again
  • Using cullet significantly increases furnace life for glass manufacturing facilities
2004 glass container shipments by category
2004 Glass Container Shipments By Category

Non-Alcoholic Beverages

75% of

glass container

shipments are

for beverages

SOURCE: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, BUREAU OF THE CENSUS

collection systems where to get cullet
Collection Systems / Where to get cullet:
  • Curbside
  • Drop-off
  • Unused inventory
  • In-house cullet
  • Commercial --- on-premise (hotels, restaurants and bars)
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GLASS CONTAINER PRODUCERS

Industrial Customers

Beverage

Food

Other

Other

Bottlers

Packagers

Residential

Business

Industrial

Separated Glass

Co-Mingled Glass

Deposit System

Reverse Vending

Stream Collection

Stream Collection

Collection

Collection

Transportation

Transportation

RECYCLING

MRF

Transportation

Processor

Transportation

Cullet

Customers

glass recycling trends
Glass Recycling Trends
  • Increase in Single Stream collection
  • Adds to increase in 3 mix vs. color sorted
nationwide collection trends

Reasons

Impacts

Haulers moving to higher compaction rates

Increases amount of recyclables per trip

Higher amount of 3mix, higher amount of contaminants, smaller pieces of contamination

Nationwide Collection Trends
glass container trends
Glass Container Trends
  • Continued desire to reduce costs
  • Continued plant closings
  • Continued desire to raise quality specifications
  • Increased demand for quality cullet due to rise in manufacturing energy costs
supply vs demand problems current situation

Supply Quality

Container Quantity

Demands

Container Quality Demands

Supply vs. Demand ProblemsCurrent Situation

Supply Quantity

nrc currently coordinating glass industry sponsored projects
NRC Currently Coordinating Glass Industry Sponsored Projects
  • Systems Economics
  • Quality Measurement
  • Best Practices