Australia’s Orora has increased the amount of recycled glass in its manufacturing process.

The group, which operates a glass manufacturing facility in Gawler, South Australia, has secured all the glass cullet that is generated by the Western Australian government's container deposit scheme.

The cullet is transported to the Gawler site and the recycled glass is then used in the manufacturing process.

Orora CEO, Brian Lowe, told financial analysts during a half year report that over time this will increase recycled content from 25% to 40%.

The scheme has been in operation since last October and builds on a similar initiative Orora has with the New South Wales regional government.

Mr Lowe said that despite the impact of a smaller 2020 wine vintage, total Glass tonnage for the half year to December 31, 2020, was broadly in line with the prior period, with wine volumes slightly behind the prior period, offset by growth in beer and other beverage categories.

He warned that wine bottle volumes are expected to decline for the second half of fiscal year 2021.

“We will work closely with our customers to understand the plan for the impact of China bottled wine exports, particularly in the second half of 2021 and beyond,” he said.