• Visy says its glass has reached an average of 63 per cent recycled content.
    Visy says its glass has reached an average of 63 per cent recycled content.

Visy says it has achieved 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.

According to the company, the figure is higher for recycled coloured glass (amber and green), which is at 75 per cent on average across Visy’s operations this financial year to date.

Kate Baker, Visy’s general manager of sustainability, said more recycled glass means less landfill and less energy use.  

“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 continued.

According to Paul Vine, general manager at Visy Glass, the company is working with customers to continuously increase the amount of recycled glass 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,”said Vine.

“Thanks to investments like Visy’s $50 million upgrade at Laverton glass recycling, 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.”

Investments underway in NSW and Queensland, which includes a $500 million glass recycling and manufacturing facility in Yatala, south of Brisbane, will see Visy further increase the recycled content in glass containers over coming years.

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