The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC), a non-profit organisation working with 11 US states on recycling issues is creating a work group to develop legislation for minimum post-consumer recycled content requirements for glass beverage, food containers and fibreglass insulation.

The first work group meeting is scheduled for 8th April 2021 at 1.30pm ET (19.30pm CET) and its goals for developing the model legislation are to:

  • Develop markets for post-consumer glass containers
  • Increase the use of post-consumer glass containers in the manufacturing of new beverage and food containers and fibreglass insulation

“Glass is a highly recyclable material, and states consistently hear from stakeholders that markets for post-consumer glass must be strengthened to help develop more demand for this feedstock,” said Chris Nelson, Supervising Environmental Analyst of the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection.

“Post-consumer recycled content standards for new glass products will help to create more robust markets for glass recovered through recycling programmes.”

NERC’s intent for the work group in to bring together (virtually) a broad group of impacted stakeholders from industry and public sectors to achieve a positive outcome.

The work group co-chairs are Mr Nelson and Stephen Burm, Director of Industry and Government Affairs at Anheuser-Busch, with technical assistance from Ed Ferguson, Director of Sustainability at Anheuser-Busch

The following are the identified stakeholders for the work group:

  • Brands
  • Container glass manufacturers
  • Fibreglass insulation manufacturers
  • Glass recyclers/beneficators
  • Industry associations
  • Distributors/retailers
  • Haulers/material recycling facility operators
  • State environmental agencies
  • State recycling organisations
  • Environmental advocacy groups

For more information, contact Mary Ann Remolador, NERC’s Assistant Director via: maryann@nerc.org