The allocation of grants for projects which improve the quality and quantity of glass recycling is a primary function of the Glass Packaging Forum. Funding for these grants come from GPF members which contribute a voluntary levy based on the glass they put to market.
Below are videos showcasing some of the recent grants awarded by the GPF, as well as other videos on glass recycling.
A grant of $10,000 from the GPF helped the Upper Hutt City Council upgrade its public place recycling centre. This has seen the amount of glass bottles and jars being recycled increase by over 160%.
If you want to find out how glass bottle and jar recycling works in New Zealand, and only have 2 minutes spare, then this video – showing the journey of glass from your house, to the recycling plant and back to you – is what you need to watch.
A $165,000 grant from the Glass Packaging Forum – the Forum’s biggest to date – help Tauranga City Council roll out its first rates-funded, kerbside recycling service for glass bottles and jars.
A grant from the Glass Packaging Forum enabled the Whangaparaoa Community Recycling Centre to buy a solar-powered wheelie bin lifter. The lifter has greatly improved the efficiency of their glass handling system, making the work of loading glass from bins into a container quicker, easier and safer.
A grant from the Glass Packaging Forum has helped the Tauranga Bridge Marina install bottle banks to recycle glass at the marina. The bottle banks, which are for marina members and staff, will divert over 100 tonnes of bottles and jars from landfill each year to be recycled at New Zealand’s only glass bottle and jar manufacturer, O-I NZ in Auckland.
Global Action Plan Oceania (GAPO) runs the Devonport Community Recycling Centre and Reuse Shop, with a GPF grant helping improve glass recycling and transport at the centre. It has also meant GAPO can extend its glass collection system to local businesses, including cafes.
A grant from the Forum has helped the Taupo District Council upgrade the Kinloch Transfer Station in order to better handle the increased volume of glass from a growing population and visitor base. As a result the volume of colour-sorted glass for recycling is set to rise from 60 to 100 tonnes a year.
A grant of $6,000 helped the Matamata-Piako District Council provide a mixed glass recycling bin and staff to manage social distancing at temporary collection sites in Morrinsville, Matamata and Te Aroha. This was to ensure the continued recycling of glass during the COVID-19 lockdown, which saw the council opt not to collect glass recycling crates from residential properties due to health and safety concerns during Alert Level 4.
O-I New Zealand is the country’s only manufacturer of glass bottles and jars. This video gives a fascinating insight into how glass collected for recycling goes back into the furnace and comes out again as new containers.
Tauranga City Council rolled out its new rates-funded kerbside glass recycling collection at the beginning of October, 2018. This video gave residents a really good idea of what to expect and what to do to ensure their glass got collected and recycled.
Do you have a project which will improve glass recycling in New Zealand, but need some helping making it happen? Then we would like to hear from you. The GPF has three grant application rounds a year – February, May and September.