The Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) has supported of the passage of a bill in California which improves glass recycling, it said.

The passage of Senator Bill 54 evolved into a balanced and comprehensive effort to upgrade waste management and recycling policy in California, and will dramatically improve the quality of glass and all recyclables in-state, the GPI said.

GPI President Scott DeFife said: “The final language recognises the benefits of different packaging materials, creates investments in much needed infrastructure for refill and reuse, and lays the foundation for use of more circular packaging materials like glass for California consumers.”

“As a leading stakeholder, GPI looks forward to continuing its ongoing work in the state as the law is implemented.

“We also remain focused on the need to improve the state’s beverage container deposit programme, which requires significant overhaul for convenient redemption opportunities, which are critical to a more circular economy.”