New Recycled Glass Processing Center Opens in Portland

Date: 17 December 2013
Source: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
Glass to Glass facility to supply local O-I manufacturing plant - A new recycled glass processing facility in Portland will use advanced technology and equipment to make more recycled glass available to be made into new, sustainable glass bottles and jars.

City and state officials as well as members of the business and recycling community attended a ribbon cutting and grand opening event recently at the new Glass to Glass facility in Portland, Ore.Glass to Glass is a joint venture formed by Owens-Illinois (O-I), the world's leading manufacturer of glass packaging, and eCullet, a technology-based recycled glass processing company.

The Glass to Glass facility will supply recycled glass to the O-I Portland plant located just a few miles away.

"O-I is pleased to partner with eCullet on this new facility," said Pedro Tchmola, manager of O-I's Portland plant. "Using recycled glass in our manufacturing process is important to O-I's sustainability efforts. This new facility will help us to reduce our use of virgin raw materials, lowering our overall environmental impact."

Every 10 percent of recycled glass used in the manufacturing process reduces energy costs by 2-3 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 4-10 percent, Pedro said at the event.

However, it is sometimes challenging for glass manufacturers to get the high-quality recycled glass they need. Ryan Modlin, O-I North America's vice president of government relations, explained that 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.

One of the reasons that O-I and eCullet chose Portland as the site for their joint venture Glass to Glass facility is the steady supply of high-quality recycled glass available through the Oregon Container Deposit Program. The Glass to Glass facility will also process recycled glass from Washington that may have otherwise ended up in a landfill.

O-I and eCullet announced the joint venture earlier this year and began construction of the Glass to Glass facility in June. The construction supported approximately 75 jobs and the facility will employ 15 people.

O-I's Portland plant employs about 200 people and produces more than one million bottles per day, primarily beer bottles for local microbreweries.

The joint venture was announced in May of this year. See


About O-I

Owens-Illinois, Inc. (NYSE: OI) is the world's largest glass container manufacturer and preferred partner for many of the world's leading food and beverage brands. With revenues of $7.0 billion in 2012, the Company is headquartered in Perrysburg, Ohio, USA, and employs approximately 22,500 people at 79 plants in 21 countries. O-I delivers safe, sustainable, pure, iconic, brand-building glass packaging to a growing global marketplace. O-I's Glass Is Life(TM) movement promotes the widespread benefits of glass packaging in key markets around the globe. For more information, visit or

About eCullet

eCullet Inc. is a technology-based glass processing company with corporate headquarters in Palo Alto, California. The company utilizes its proprietary technology to produce the highest quality, color-sorted, contaminant-free, furnace-ready cullet which it supplies to the glass container manufacturing industry. Through its collaborative partnerships, eCullet helps glass container manufacturers reduce greenhouse gas emissions, decrease energy consumption and preserve natural resources while helping recyclers divert glass residue away from the landfill. As an environmental technology company, eCullet takes great pride in knowing that its role in the glass container manufacturing cycle contributes to a sustainable planet.

600450 New Recycled Glass Processing Center Opens in Portland
Date: 17 December 2013
Source: Owens-Illinois, Inc.

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