Survey Results: Earth 911 Summarizes Glass Packaging Institute Results

Survey Finds 8 Out of 10 Households Recycle, by Amanda Wills

A survey commissioned by the Glass Packaging Institute revealed that almost 94 percent of Americans think “recycling is good for the environment.”

Out of the 750 households Newton Marketing Research surveyed, 81.1 percent said their household recycles waste products or reusable products.

According to Doyle Yoon, a professor at Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Oklahoma, there is a significant correlation between what people think about recycling and their actions.

More than 27 percent of those surveyed said paper was the most environmentally friendly packaging, while glass followed closely with 22.3 percent. And a whopping 69 percent of participants said they use their curbside program to recycle glass bottles or jars at home. GPI sponsored the survey as a part of its upcoming Recycle Glass Week.

According to GPI President Joseph Cattaneo, the report is a positive sign for residential recycling.
“It is clear from the poll that Americans want to pitch in and recycle. We hope Recycle Glass Week will encourage consumers to recycle glass bottles and jars in their communities, along with other packaging materials,” Cattaneo tells Greener Package. “This will help reduce the amount of recyclable materials entering landfills and help create a ‘greener’ future.”

By generating awareness about the environmental benefits of glass container recycling, GPI members hope to help the industry reach a nationwide goal of 50 percent recycled content in the manufacturing of new glass bottles and jars by 2013.

The U.S. EPA estimates that 75 percent of our waste is recyclable, which goes well beyond what you toss in your recycling bin at home or at school.


Bill Hawthorne said...

Dear RE3,


My name is Bill Hawthorne, and I represent maacenter.org, a leading web resource for asbestos exposure and mesothelioma cancer information. Our organization is dedicated to increasing awareness of the terrible health consequences of asbestos exposure.

I found your site through a search and decided to contact you because of its high environmental and green presence which is extremely important in our movement. The promotion of how buildings should now be built using sustainable green products to avoid asbestos and mesothelioma as well as the awareness of past buildings and preventative steps in avoiding asbestos exposure are extremely important. My goal is to get a resource link on your site or even to provide a guest posting to be placed.

I look forward to hearing from you. Please feel free to check out our website. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Bill Hawthorne
MAA Center is now on Twitter – follow us @maacenter

RE3.org said...

Thank you for your comment. Feel free to send me a draft blog post and I will review it.