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GLASS PACKAGING INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES 31 PERCENT RECYCLING RATE; SURPASSES EPA'S GOAL FOR 1992

 GLASS PACKAGING INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES 31 PERCENT RECYCLING RATE;
 SURPASSES EPA'S GOAL FOR 1992
 WASHINGTON, March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The glass container industry announced today that 31 percent of glass containers were recycled in 1991. According to the Glass Packaging Institute (GPI), the national trade association representing the glass container manufacturing industry, that means that nearly one third of the glass containers available to consumers were collected and recycled.
 The 1991 glass container recycling rate surpasses the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) challenging 25 percent recycling goal set for 1992. In 1988, the EPA called on the paper and packaging industries to sharply increase their attention to recycling and source reduction activities to try to reach the 1992 recycling goal.
 "We want consumers, regulators and environmentalists to know that our industry is committed to recycling," said Lewis D. Andrews Jr., GPI president. "Four yours ago, the glass container industry was the first industry to endorse the EPA's 25 percent goal by 1992. Today, our recycling rate is 31 percent, and we will remain a leader in this area."
 Andrews said the 31 percent rate reflects what manufacturers are actually recycling, not just what is being collected. The industry rate includes those containers that were recycled back into containers and other items such as glassphalt (a reflective additive to roadway asphalt), or returned as refillable bottles.
 "Overall, manufacturers' purchase of cullet (used or broken glass), has increased a dramatic 82 percent in the past five years," said Natalie U. Roy, GPI's director of recycling and legislative affairs. "This is doubly significant because the number of glass container plants has decreased by nearly 40 percent in the last 12 years." There are currently 76 glass container plants in the United States.
 Glass containers are 100 percent recyclable, and can be made into new containers again and again. "Recycling glass containers makes environmental and business sense. Recycling saves on landfill space, lowers energy needs, reduces emissions into the atmosphere and prolongs the life of glass plant furnaces," said Roy. GPI has spent more than 60 percent of its budget since 1986 to assist in the development and implementation of local recycling programs.
 GPI is a Washington-based trade association representing manufacturers of glass containers in North America. The industry employs more than 42,000 skilled men and women in 27 states.
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 /CONTACT: Natalie Roy, 202-887-4850, or Sherrill Kropf, 202-347-6633, both for the Glass Packaging Institute/ CO: Glass Packaging Institute ST: District of Columbia IN: SU:


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