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Visy reaches glass packaging milestone

Visy announced it has achieved an average of 63 per cent of recycled glass in its packaging across Australia and New Zealand.

Visy state the achievement represents a 5 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 it operations this financial year to date.

More recycled glass means less landfill and less energy use, said 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.,” said Baker.

Visy is working with its customers to continually increase the amount of recycled glass they use in its packaging, saif Paul Vine, general manager Visy Glass.

“We’re getting up to 90 pe 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,” said Vine.

Investments underway in NSW and Queensland, including a $500m glass recycling and manufacturing facility in Yatala, south of Brisbane, is set to see Visy further increase the recycled content in glass containers over coming years.

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