To encourage more people to recycle glass, the Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) is hosting its second annual Recycle Glass Week.
From Sept. 12 to 18, communities nationwide, along with glass manufacturers, suppliers and and recyclers, will hold more than 50 recycling awareness events across the country.
In addition to these local events, Recycle Glass Week will also celebrate and honor leaders in glass packaging with its Clear Choice Awards, Friends of Glass honorees, and the winners of the Recycle Glass e-Hunt.
Even if there are not events in your area, celebrating Recycle Glass Week is simple. You can recycle glass in your area, calculate your carbon savings by doing so, and educate your office, neighbors, and friends about why it's important to recycle glass containers.
Beyond being infinitely recyclable (meaning glass can be recycled over and over without losing its inherent qualities) and saving natural resources, recycling glass can help the economy as well.
In an op-ed by Joseph Cattaneo, president of GPI, he notes that recycling is integral to our economic success. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) U.S. Recycling Economic Information Study, the recycling and reuse industry employs more than 1.1 million people, generates an annual payroll of nearly $37 billion and grosses more than $236 billion in annual revenues.
"When you recycle your glass bottles and jars, you save resources for future generations and help create jobs in the U.S.," writes Joseph Cattaneo, president of GPI. "America needs sustainable industries like glass container manufacturing for future jobs and a healthy manufacturing base."