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Firm expands, will help glass mountains to recede

10 August 2006

Firm expands, will help glass mountains to recede

Nandor Tanczos, Green Party Waste Minimisation Spokesperson, says he is delighted to hear that glass manufacturer, Owens-Illinois of Ohio, has chosen to proceed with its $78 million plant expansion in Auckland.

"Congratulations to O-I for actively seeking a solution to our current glass recycling crisis. This plant expansion is a step in the right direction in addressing the problem of rapidly expanding 'glass mountains' across the North Island." Nandor says..

"Unfortunately, it is not a total solution. For example, shipping glass from the South Island for recycling is currently uneconomical.

"My Waste Minimisation (Solids) Bill, currently before a Select Committee, is the next big step forward. The Bill obliges importers and manufacturers to be responsible for dealing with their products after use. This might require them to implement a take-back system and to pay for appropriate re-use or reprocessing.

"This is especially good news when it comes to glass, which can be recycled almost indefinitely while still retaining its value.

"O-I' s expansion plans confirm that waste minimisation is a key economic opportunity. Recycling is a relatively new industry in New Zealand, but has the potential to grow enormously if we take sustainable resource use seriously. My Bill strongly encourages this."

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