A foundation focused solely on funding glass recycling initiatives has been formed in the United States.

The Glass Recycling Foundation (GRF) is a 501c3, non-profit organisation formed to provide and raise funds for localised and targeted assistance, demonstration and pilot projects that address gaps in the glass recycling supply chain across the USA.

“Glass bottles and containers are endlessly recyclable,” said Lynn Bragg, Board president of the Glass Recycling Foundation. “The Glass Recycling Foundation will impact communities by funding projects to recover more and higher quality glass.”

Board members are from organisations such as Owens-Illinois (O-I), Diageo, Strategic Materials, Inc., Northeast Recycling Council, the Recycling Partnership, Urban Mining NE, and California State University, Chico.

GRF will collaborate with the Glass Recycling Coalition (GRC), which consists of nearly 40 members from the entire glass recycling value chain including material recovery facilities, glass recyclers, local government organizations, end markets and brands.

“GRF will be instrumental in bringing much-needed investments to glass recycling and partnering with other funding opportunities to make glass recycling a high-quality and convenient service that consumers want and expect,” said Laura Hennemann, Strategic Materials, Inc. and GRF executive board member.

The GRF aims to increase the availability of cullet, the industry term for furnace-ready recycled glass that can become new bottles and jars, as well as fibreglass.

For more information on the Glass Recycling Foundation and how to support its work, visit www.glassrecyclingfoundation.org