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April 2013
Born Again Bottles
The challenges of recycling and reuse, and what the U.S. wine industry might learn from an 85-year-old Canadian beer program
by Patricia M. Roth
Only a quarter of wine and spirits bottles are being recycled in the United States every year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (Table 1). With wine consumption in the U.S. growing annually, 337 million cases in 2012, millions of endlessly recyclable glass bottles wind up in landfills every year. Recycling rates vary widely by state because of the different recycling methods and incentives that are employed. States with container deposit laws have an average glass-bottle recycli...
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