O-I has announced a partnership with the Center for Glass Innovation, an initiative set up by the State of New York aimed at developing innovation around glass packaging and end markets for curb-side recycling.

The Center for Glass Innovation was first announced in Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo’s 2020 State of the State Address and will help find new ways to produce and recycle glass. O-I is both a financial supporter as well as a board member.

The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University will lead the three-year research and collaboration initiative.

The first-of-its-kind centre will bring together researchers, state officials and industry experts. The teams will share knowledge to develop next generation glass materials, make manufacturing processes more energy efficient, and uncover ways to reuse glass that would otherwise be dumped into a landfill.

“Collaborating through the Center for Glass Innovation supports O-I’s ambition to transform our processes, products, and our interconnected relationships to bring our vision of a sustainable future to life,” says O-I Chief Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Officer Randy Burns.