Back to the furnace

Everyone agrees – the best outcome for glass bottles and jars is ‘back to the furnace’.
And while getting glass back for recycling can be complex, there are a couple of key things that make it so much easier!

Colour Separation
This makes it infinitely easier to get glass back to the furnace, so let’s make colour separation standard practice, not just best practice!
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Hospitality
We’re helping hotels, pubs, restaurants and bars improve glass recycling issues such as access, volume, bins and colour sorting.
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Hub & Spoke
Using a ‘hub & spoke’ collection model for colour sorted glass is more efficient and cheaper in our long, narrow country.
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Events & Public Spaces
Sports, entertainment and cultural events often involve a drink, so let’s make sure glass bottles don’t end up in landfill – please put them in the recycling bins!
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Alternate Uses for Glass
When sending glass “back to the furnace” isn’t possible, there are other alternatives to landfill, such as road building, water filtration, sports turf and agricultural mulch.
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Working Together

The Glass Packaging Forum encourages and considers applications to fund research or programmes to aid glass recovery in New Zealand.

If appropriate, the Forum may provide financial support for the research or programme’s introduction or development. The Glass Forum financially supports promoting recycling at events and /or programmes designed to raise awareness about glass recovery.

How it Works

The scheme collects voluntary levies from companies that make or import glass containers, fill glass containers or sell glass containers in New Zealand.

The levies raised are used to fund projects, research, infrastructure and educational programmes to increase the recycling and re-use of glass into either new glass containers or for alternative uses leading to a reduction in waste container glass to landfill.

Our purpose is to connect businesses that sell
glass-packaged consumer goods with those that collect
and recycle glass. This enables glass to be returned to
the furnace or made into alternative products, with the
aim of zero container glass to landfill.

 

Glass Packaging Forum

We promote the environmental benefits of glass packaging and manage the accredited Glass Packaging Forum Product Stewardship Scheme.

Established in 2006, the Glass Packaging Forum is now part of The Packaging Forum which is dedicated to developing product stewardship across packaging materials and the packaging supply chain.

Our Members

More than 100 companies voluntarily join the Glass Packaging Forum to ensure the best outcome for their glass containers. Take a look!

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