O-I Joins Center for Glass Innovation, New York’s Collaborative Initiative

March 01, 2021

O-I is announcing its industry partnership with the Center for Glass Innovation, a new collaborative initiative by the State of New York aimed at developing innovation around glass packaging and end markets for curbside recycling.

The New York State College of Ceramics at SUNY Alfred will lead the three-year research and collaboration initiative. The first-of-its-kind center will bring together researchers, state officials and industry experts. The teams will share knowledge to develop next generation glass materials, make manufacturing processes more energy efficient, and uncover ways to reuse glass that would otherwise be dumped into a landfill.

For 120 years, O-I has led the way to innovate the glass packaging industry. Glass is 100% recyclable and endlessly recyclable and maintains its quality. It’s made with all natural resources and is the kindest choice for a strong, low-waste circular economy.

Recycled glass is one of four main ingredients in glass packaging. The more recycled glass, called cullet, that glass manufacturers can use to make new glass bottles and jars, it creates fewer emissions and uses less energy.

“Collaborating through the Center for Glass Innovation supports O-I’s ambition to transform our processes, products, and our interconnected relationships to bring our vision of a sustainable future to life,” says O-I Chief Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Officer Randy Burns.

O-I has more than 70 plants in 20 countries, including Auburn, New York. Glass recycling and manufacturing is traditionally a local process. Glass captured from curbside recycling in one community is often processed and delivered to glass manufacturers in the same area to create new glass packaging to serve the community.

The Center for Glass Innovation was first announced at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2020 State of the State Address. O-I is both a financial supporter as well as a board member.