Fiberglass insulation maker Owens Corning increased its use of recycled materials in 2021. | Jonathan Weiss/Shutterstock

A bottle maker received cash to help the company use more recycled glass, and a maker of fiberglass insulation increased its use of cullet last year. Here are recent headlines related to reclaimed glass end users.

Canada funds bottler project

The Canadian government had invested 3.5 million Canadian dollars (nearly $2.8 million) in OI Canada Corp., a glass bottle manufacturing company, to help it modernize its Montreal plant and expand its use of recycled materials.

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED) has granted a loan to OI Canada so that the company can acquire digital production equipment to increase the amount of recycled glass it uses, according to a press release noted.

OI Canada is a subsidiary of the American company OI Glass, which recycles and manufactures a range of glass containers for the alcoholic beverage and food industries.

The Montreal expansion project will divert up to 75,000 tons of glass from landfills each year, according to the press release.

Nicola Porrazzo, senior plant manager at OI Canada, said in the press release that the plant has been producing glass packaging in Quebec since 1905 and that “our family of proud glassmakers includes second and third generation employees who support us in our vision to be the most innovative, sustainable and preferred glass packaging supplier.

Owens Corning increases the use of recycled materials

Manufacturer of fiberglass insulation Owens Corning increase its use of recycled materials in 2021, making progress on its sustainability goals.

In 2021, the company used 1.4 billion pounds of glass cullet, up from 1.3 billion in 2020, according to its annual sustainability report. noted.

In addition to reclaimed glass, Owens Corning uses recycled plastic and other materials in its products. Overall, the average recycled content of the company’s products remained stable in 2021 compared to 2020, at 10%, although Owens Corning used more materials overall in 2021.

The total weight of materials used in 2021 was approximately 8.4 million metric tons, compared to 6.8 million metric tons in 2020. This means that in 2021, 840,000 metric tons of recycled materials were used to manufacture insulation, tiles and other company items.

Owens Corning fiberglass insulation ranges from a minimum of 53% recycled content to a maximum of 73% recycled content.

Arkansas glass recycling facility under consideration

Epic Glass Recycling of Little Rock and Aero Aggregates are looking at construction of a $20 million glass processing plant in central Arkansas.

The joint venture would employ around 50 people and create foamed glass aggregate for building and road construction companies. Foamed Glass Aggregate is a gravel or grout rock substitute made from 100% recycled glass. It weighs much less than rock.

Aero Aggregates’ foamed glass aggregate has recently been used for the paving of Philadelphia International Airport.

The property has not yet been purchased for the Arkansas plant, and therefore the timeline for commissioning the facility is undetermined.

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