O-I will give its support for new legislation aimed at educating and increasing recycling rates in the United States.

Senators Robert Portman and Debbie Stabenow have created the “Recycle Enhancements to Collection and Yield through Consumer Learning and Education (RECYCLE) Act of 2019.”

Randolph Burns, O-I’s Global VP of Government Relations, said: “O-I is thrilled to see bi-partisan legislation that will have an important impact on reducing waste and increasing the availability of recyclable materials, like glass.”

The RECYCLE Act, administered by the U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPE), is an outreach grant programme created to inform and educate consumers on which items are accepted in their municipal recycling programs.

O-I is the largest user of recycled glass (cullet) and using it in the manufacturing process to make new glass containers reduces the amount of energy needed and decreases greenhouse gas emissions.

“We are a global company and can see that other countries are much further ahead than the U.S. in terms of recycling behaviour.

“Europe has had tremendous success, so we know it’s possible.

“To change consumer habits we must start with education. This legislation provides a needed jolt of energy to jump-start action and momentum,” added Mr Burns.

Both non-profits organisations and public-private partnerships will be eligible to apply for funding.