Owens-Illinois (O-I) is teaming with US group eCullet to form a joint venture called Glass to Glass LLC.

The joint venture will invest in sophisticated glass sorting equipment that will make more recycled glass available for use in O-I plants.

Using recycled glass in the glass manufacturing process allows the company to reduce its use of virgin raw materials, lowering its overall environmental footprint.

Much of the recycled glass collected in North America comes from single stream recycling, which mixes paper, metal, plastic and glass.

This collection process often results in glass that is too contaminated to be successfully re-introduced into the manufacturing process.

Improved sorting techniques will increase the amount of usable glass available to O-I.