Visy hits recycled glass milestone on way to industry-leading target

Visy recycled glass

Visy has hit a new high – achieving an average of 63 per cent recycled glass in its packaging across Australia and New Zealand, this financial year to date.

The achievement represents a five per cent increase compared to the 2023 financial year. The figure is higher for recycled coloured glass (amber and green) at 75 per cent, on average, across Visy’s operations for the same period.

More recycled glass means less landfill and less energy use, says Visy’s General Manager of Sustainability Kate Baker.

“A Visy glass container with 70 per cent recycled content uses up to 30 per cent less energy to make than a container with no recycled content,” Baker said.

Paul Vine, General Manager Visy Glass, said the company was working with its customers to continually increase the amount of recycled glass used in its packaging.

“We’re getting up to 90 per cent recycled glass into some of our green and amber bottles, creating a more sustainable product, keeping glass out of landfill and reducing our reliance on virgin material,” Vine said.

“We’re getting close to our target of an average of 70 per cent recycled glass in our bottles and jars across Australia and New Zealand.”

Visy’s $50 million upgrade at its Laverton recycling facility has doubled its capacity to 200,000 tonnes a year so that it can recycle all of Victoria’s recyclable glass.

Investments underway in New South Wales and Queensland, including a $500 million recycling and manufacturing facility in Yatala south of Brisbane, will see Visy further increase the recycled content in glass containers over coming years. The Yatala facility will recycle up to 200,000 tonnes of glass annually to produce one billion bottles and jars a year.

For more information, visit: www.visy.com

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